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  1. He did indeed Gordon, here are the teams : Toulouse Spacers: Murphy; Lima, Couturier, Estebanez, Olieu; Mulhall, Wynne; Fauré, Gay, Gallagher, Delpoux, Raguin, Robinson. Subs: Viala, Vincent, Prizzon, Almuzara. Widnes Vikings: Hulse; Manu, Connolly, Hughes, Emilio; Craigie, Myler; O'Connor, Millard, O'Neill, Cassidy, Whittaker, Frame. Subs: Mills, Smith, Johnson, Holmes. He scored one of the tries in the 40 - 24 victory. Toulouse born Seb Raguin of course before his Catalan days and Damien Couturier, was he the kicker in that side ?
  2. A lot of very loyal fans spent a lot of money to get to Toulouse to witness that, they deserve better IMO.
  3. True enough Gordon, the Broncos are maturing well. Big Nicolas Faure who played with the first team when TO were previously in the Championship is back playing and adds steel and experience to the kids. Old hand Kane Bentley is still directing traffic as more and more of the kids get into the first team. Young Jussaume looks the real deal. Albi scraping through in another high-scoring encounter with Carcassonne next up at the Mazicou this weekend.
  4. Toulouse Olympique 56 Halifax 4 Stade Ernest Argeles, Toulouse TOULOUSE Olympique didn't need to get out of second gear to win this one-sided contest. Coach Sylvain Houles earmarked Halifax as as one the teams to beat this season but his boys didn't really break into a sweat to get the better of a desperately disapointing Fax outfit suffering from injuries to big players and still smarting from the loss to the Bulls a few days earlier. In fact, the visitors didn't look like scoring for most of the opening half and never really troubled the French until the closing moments of each half. Toulouse opened their account with their first attack as Scots international James Bell fed a short inside pass for hooker Anthony Marion to stroll through under the posts from 5 metres out. Mark Kheirallah obliged with the kick. Fax were soon under the hammer again and TO added made double figures six minutes later as Joe Bretherton scored in the left corner after being pushed out wide by Fax fullback Quentin Laulu Togaga'e. Kheirallah couldn't make the touchline attempt. Two more quickfire six pointers before the 18 minute mark for the French as Marion scored his second with Kheirallah chipping in close to the posts. Fax settled down a bit but still couldn't show any attacking prowess as Toulouse kept up the pressure. Another Kheirallah six-pointer on the half-hour pushed the lead to 28 points but the visitors broke their duck five minutes before the break as a Con Mika fumble 10 metres out plus a couple of cheaply conceded penalties helped Fax over the line in the left corner from some good cross-field movement started by Harry Kidd and well finished off by winger Shaun Robinson. Steve Tyrer just missed out on the extras. Fax were glad to hear the half-time hooter as coach Richard Marshall rallied his weary troops. No miracle team talk unfortunately as Toulouse again piled on the pressure. Four minutes into the second period and the hosts added another six points as young centre Matthieu Jussaume dived in the right corner after good work from Johnno Ford and Paul Marcon. The next ten minutes saw two more home tries from Kheirallah again and centre Bastien Ader. No response from Halifax whose loyal travelling fans did their best to encourage their players but it was a lost cause as Toulouse added more points and looked to score at will. Another Marion four-pointer with 15 minutes remaining to hit the half century with another Kheirallah kick and a final unconverted try from on-loan Catalans winger Ilias Bergal, back from injury to finish the afternoon off. Fax came back in the last few minutes but more slack play with more bad handling let them down. This wasn't pretty from Marshall's men and he pulled no punches post-match as his depleted squad have to somehow lift themselves for the visit of high-flying Sheffield in a few days. TO13 1 Mark Kheirallah (9) 20 Ilias Bergal (8) 3 Bastien Ader (8) 25 Mathieu Jussaume (8) 5 Paul Marcon (8) 6 Jonno Ford (c) (8) 30 William Barthau (8) 8 Maxime Puech (8) 9 Anthony Marion (9) 10 Joe Bretherton (8) 11 Con Mika (8) 12 Rhys Curran (8) 19 James Bell (9) Subs : 14 Dean Parata (8) 15 Ben Evans (8) 16 Tyla Hepi (8) 18 Clément Boyer (8) Tries : Marion (2,14,65),Bretherton (10),Kheirallah (17,31,49),Jussaume (44),Ader (55),Bergal (70). Goals : Kheirallah 8/10 Fax 1 Quentin Luala Togaga'e (7) 5 Will Sharp (7) 3 Steve Tyrer (c) (7) 20 James Saltonstall (7) 2 Shaun Robinson (7) 23 James Woodburn-Hall (7) 19 Ben White (7) 17 Ben Kavanagh (7) 14 Brandon Moore (7) 8 Dan Fleming (7) 16 Kevin Larroyer (7) 12 Ed Barber (8) 10 Jacob Fairbank (7) Subs 15 Harry Kidd (7) 27 Reece Chapman-Smith (7) 18 Elliot Morris (7) 25 Liam Cooper (7) Tries : Robinson (34) Goals : Tyrer 0/1 Yellow Cards : None Red Cards : None Penalties : TO 3 Fax 8 Referee : Scott Mikalauskas 80/100 Weather : Sunny 19° MOMs : TO : Mark Kheirallah Fax : Ed Barber HT : 28 - 4 Scoring Sequence : 6-0,10-0,16-0,22-0,28-0,28-4.34-4,40-4,46-4,52-4,56-4. Attendance : 2038
  5. Barrow Raiders 10 Toronto Wolfpack 42 Dewsbury Rams 28 Batley Bulldogs 16 Featherstone Rovers 26 York City Knights 20 Halifax 26 Bradford Bulls 24 Sheffield Eagles 14 Toulouse Olympique 34 Swinton Lions 16 Rochdale Hornets 24 Widnes Vikings 23 Leigh Centurions 22
  6. Cahors RL was established after the war but have never been a major force. They amalgamated with Villefranche an hour to the east in the early 00s which lasted a season or so but reformed a joint juniors section a few years back. I seem to recall the club was formed following a chat between cronies in a barbers shop in the town after VE Day !
  7. What happened with the Villeneuve team against VARL in the audois derby ? They only had 14 players, any idea why ?
  8. James Bell picked up an injury in pre-season as I understand it. You may recall he was the MOM for Scotland vs France in the autumn international and a lot is expected of him. I imagine a play-off game at Stade Toulousain would be the icing on the cake !! I know the players were on a high ater the Toronto game because of the big stage they had played on. Stan Robin said it lifted his team to a different level. I find it strange that the RFL can't, when arranging the fixtures make it so that either TO or the Cats are at home and not BOTH on the same saturday ! The Toronto game for example would have had another couple of thousand speccies at least I suppose you'll be at VARL this weekend Gordon ? I'll be watching Albi v ASC at the Mazicou, should be a good contest. Villefranche have parted company with coach Paul Bramley. No great surprises there as he really struggled with communicating with his players plus the injuries hit the squad which only a couple of years ago looked every inch an Elite 1 outfit. The club has lost some good players and now look a sorry bunch.
  9. Seems a pretty fair assessment of the season so far Gordon. What he didn't obviously mention was the improvement in discipline since Bastien Canet has left the club. The defence has tightened up and their tackling technique looks better, maybe that's to do with the teachings of MMA champion Anthony Rea ? Also, Greg White takes the players for a kind of yoga-type training which incorporates breathing techniques as I understand it. Whether it actually helps or not is a different matter I suppose. Quite agree about his assessment of the squad, it will be interesting how he shuffles his players when Bell, Dezaria, vavai and Bergal come back nto the reckoning. Jussaume has been excellent as has Parata, the future looks bright for TO13 at the moment. Looks like Arthur Romano will rejoin the Catalans due to their injury problems. The talk of TO playing their games at Stade Toulousain next season will be a big boost to the club also as they relished their chance to play at such a prestigious stadium.
  10. Agree with your list Daddy but I would consider Clément Boyer and Max Puech at prop. Both are well disciplined (now that Canet has departed) and never seem to have a bad game.Sangaré has to be a future international surely ? Jussaume looks a class act as does Romano, defintely two for the future. On current fom Tony Maurel looks the part een though I have been critical of him early season. he looks quicker than ever and must be close to Marguerite as the quickest member of the TO13 squad over 100 M. We shouldn't forget Mourad Kriouache at hooker. Ok, he's no onger at TO (mainly for money and personal reasons) but he is a fine player. I watched him at Albi on saturday and he had to play 70 minutes due to a injury to the starting hooker and he looked a different class
  11. I think Robbie Paul summed it up in the match commentary. TO13 need to complete sets and not try to score from every attack where errors are made due to overplaying. The first half they were guity of it but the second half calmed down and played more controlled rugby with less errors. Plus of course the slope helped .. Their big qualities are exuberance and pace due to the youthful look to the side and great team spirit. The new players have settled in well, better than last season's new boys. Parata has been excellent as has Santi and Bretherton gets better with each game as he gets into his second season. Con Mika is a revelation and pivotal to the team. A couple of years ago off-loads were never seen but have become an important part of their game.
  12. He's a big lummox and still growing ! Two weeks before Fev come to town so that will help the injury problems. Impressed with Parata yet again, even Paul Crarey, his last coach was surprised at how well he's performing.
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