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Lord Derby Cup Final Update

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Toulouse go for their first ever victory Sunday up against Carcassonne the games most successful with 13 cup wins the last just two years ago; the Canaris will play their 27th final. Toulouse to play first Final since 1976 - their record to date:

1939 XIII Catalan 7-3

1962 Roanne 16-10 (8,395)

1963 Carcassonne 5-0 (5,100)

1964 Villeneuve 10-2 (5,166)

1968 Carcassonne 9-2 (6,400)

1976 XIII Catalan 23-8

Be interesting Sunday to see if they get bigger crowd than those listed here. Toulouse club putting on coaches at just €5 a throw; they've been reported getting better crowds this year with a successful team at last. Not sure if the down turn at Stade Toulousain will generate more support for the treize in the Ville rose. Watch with interest too how La Depeche du Midi daily covers it. ASC should get the townsfolk out for this one. Adsel posters a plenty en ville. Looking forward to it.

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Carcassone a proper historic club who will put on a great occasion. Toulouse rising to the top and looking for their first ever Lord Derby trophy. I can't predict it. Will you be there audois?

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To be fair Gordon the rugby at Les Minimes has been good this season. All the visiting teams have given a good account of themselves and the home form has been excellent except for the slight occasional hiccup ! I've seen a few games at Villeneuve and the same story with good competitive rugby. Only criticism would be the slight downturn in the quality of the junior teams. Toulouse have looked imperious which is a great testament to their youth Academy programme.

Crowds have been steady and the management at TO13 have worked hard to encourage new fans. Union fans have always attended League games and I reckon the interest from Stade fans has increased this season. As usual the travelling support has been staedy with FCL leading the way with the old faithful making the short dash down the motorway.

Looking forward to seeing a couple of good games and a Toulouse double on sunday.

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Cor blimey i'd love to be at that game, but it's a long way from Coogee Beach by bicycle! Will it be on the net anywhere?

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Carcassone a proper historic club who will put on a great occasion. Toulouse rising to the top and looking for their first ever Lord Derby trophy. I can't predict it. Will you be there audois?

All being well. Hoping to bump into oiseau too wearing his blue & white favours. I reckon a Toulouse win will be better for the French game in general. They are now the force behind Catalan & Perpignan. Avignon won the Cup last year and had that spectacular turn out for the WC back in the Autumn so I like to see them progressing and leading the charge up in Vaucluse. Villeneuve beat Avignon last weekend in the barrages for the QF of the Championship so I'm pleased for them as they carry the flag for the code further west. Thats three distinct regions and its imperative that the game keeps them healthy. ASC, FCL and Limoux feed off each other and keep the Aude moving along. Carcassonne will play their Championship QF against St Esteve as curtain raiser to Easter Mondays SL clash between the Dragons-HKR at Brutus. May be Sky will show some highlights too.

Jim - no television coverage unfortunately. May be the Federation will put something up or respective clubs as highlight packages.

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No great surprise Villeneuve are doing 'ok' Gordon. Rory is working miracles on a shoestring plus with a quite limited squad.. Very impressed with his coaching and motivational techniques. Looking forward to a nice drive down to Carcassonne in time to catch the juniors setting an example to the big boys for the main event.

Just a thought and I wonder what you all think. The recent municipal elections in Toulouse saw a turn around in the politics of the Ville Rose from socialist Mr Cohen to his right wing opponent. All negotiations so far relating to the refurbishment of Les Minimes have been carried out between My Cohens' group and Toulouse Olympique. Agreements regarding funding for the site work etc have been authorised and sanctioned by ythe previous regime. A new council may impose new spending limits either higher or lower than at present. It's feasible the new regime may scrap the building plans altogether ! I hope TO13 have a plan 'B' in the pipeline just in case...

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No great surprise Villeneuve are doing 'ok' Gordon. Rory is working miracles on a shoestring plus with a quite limited squad.. Very impressed with his coaching and motivational techniques. Looking forward to a nice drive down to Carcassonne in time to catch the juniors setting an example to the big boys for the main event.

Just a thought and I wonder what you all think. The recent municipal elections in Toulouse saw a turn around in the politics of the Ville Rose from socialist Mr Cohen to his right wing opponent. All negotiations so far relating to the refurbishment of Les Minimes have been carried out between My Cohens' group and Toulouse Olympique. Agreements regarding funding for the site work etc have been authorised and sanctioned by ythe previous regime. A new council may impose new spending limits either higher or lower than at present. It's feasible the new regime may scrap the building plans altogether ! I hope TO13 have a plan 'B' in the pipeline just in case...

Peter I picked up somewhere that the club are still hopeful that the development will go ahead as planned and are talking already of alternative venues around the city, may be Blagnac or Colomiers for 2015. Fingers crossed for them.

Elsewhere good news I hear is that the Championship Final to be played at Stade Gilbert Brutus 10th May will be televised by the free to air public station France 3 although regionalised to Languedoc-Roussillon only. Hopefully if Toulouse qualify they extend that to the Mid Pyrenees region too.

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Peter I picked up somewhere that the club are still hopeful that the development will go ahead as planned and are talking already of alternative venues around the city, may be Blagnac or Colomiers for 2015. Fingers crossed for them.

Elsewhere good news I hear is that the Championship Final to be played at Stade Gilbert Brutus 10th May will be televised by the free to air public station France 3 although regionalised to Languedoc-Roussillon only. Hopefully if Toulouse qualify they extend that to the Mid Pyrenees region too.

Maybe we will find out more this weekend after a chat with Cedric etc ?

 I was told last season, in no uncertan terms that Colomiers was out ! Don't know why, it's a nice ground and easy to get to with easier parking compared with Les Minimes ! Blagnac is ok tho' a bit small maybe ? I recall a few games there during TOs' Championship days. It was ok but tricky access by car and not easy for fans coming from Toulouse Centre tho' the airport isn't too far away. I assume there is a regular bus service ?

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Maybe we will find out more this weekend after a chat with Cedric etc ?

 I was told last season, in no uncertan terms that Colomiers was out ! Don't know why, it's a nice ground and easy to get to with easier parking compared with Les Minimes ! Blagnac is ok tho' a bit small maybe ? I recall a few games there during TOs' Championship days. It was ok but tricky access by car and not easy for fans coming from Toulouse Centre tho' the airport isn't too far away. I assume there is a regular bus service ?

Yes they've played a Championship Final at Colomiers in recent times; saw Fev and may be Widnes at Blagnac.

They've got 'jaune et noir' coloured bunting up in the town centre too - shows that Carca has a heart beat still for the treize.

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Widnes played at Blagnac - Seem to recall Kevin Penny getting the winner 

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Widnes played at Blagnac - Seem to recall Kevin Penny getting the winner 

He did indeed RS, a blistering run from his 30M line on the left wing which left everyone standing, the boy could shift  ! Good crowd that day with about 4/5K. I seem to recall many of the Widnes fans went dressed up as Elvis or someone or other . Copious amounts of beer were consumed and a great day was had by all. I seem to recall Fev played there and Barrow too maybe ?

Great that the town has been decked out in black & yellow Gordon. Maybe it will send out some kind of message to the 'quinzeistes' ?

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A lot of ASC players past & present work for the maire and are involved on sports promotions and music festivals. USC and ASC carry the same colours as do the Handball teams. Not sure it's a good or bad thing. In Toulouse its different with Stade Toulousain in red/black and TFC in purple.

Fed doing their job with mobilising its support too; Masters and '7s' tournament for all twenty Elite clubs fixed for Sunday morning at the various terrains around Carcassonne. Feel the excitement building.

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Pity the local radio 100 percent is just announcing all the union games and then saying also theres rugby league Sunday when carcassonne host Toulouse! No mention of that's its a final or the touch tournament or the 7s tournament or juniors final!

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Radio Marseillette though on top form with an hour magazine programme tonight. They'll be at Brutus tomorrow afternoon for full commmmentary on Dragons-Widnes and Sunday at Domec to cover both Junior and Elite Cup Finals.

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Toulouse far too strong for ASC easy winners 46-10 in front of 6,763 at Stade Domec. TO XIII driven by Cook Islander stand off Ford and supported by the impressive Kheirallah from full back with the Bentley brothers, Wood and Fijian Vunakece bossing it upfront. After a wait of 77 years well worth it. Icing on the cake too for their Juniors big winners in their Final against Limoux 46-24

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Pretty disappointing crowd given Carcassonne were home. Time for a major shakeup of French RL

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Excellent crowd befittting of a great occasion, reminiscent of the Northern Rail Final day.  Convincing wins for both Toulouse teams and a great tribute to the Academy and the overhauled coaching system put in place at the end of last season. Credit to Sylvain Houles who seems to have put a positive spin on the coaching side of things. More younger coaches with fresh ideas are required surely ?

ASC struggled with the pace and quality of Toulouse who won the midfield early on. Vunakace changed the game on 20 minutes and him and Woods' good discipline really leading from the front. Good performances throughout and great for me to see young Kriouache given a good chance as replacement hooker. He has come on leaps and bounds this season.

Stade Albert Domec really doing us proud and proving to be an excellent venue for such matches.

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Any footage of the game online? Merci!

It will eventually be on the Toulouse website like all the other games - usually takes a few days

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Nice photos Gordon, obviously they don't  show the strength of the sw wind which went from moderate to quite strong at times. This affected the kicking games of both sides tho' i'm surprised more wasn't made of the chandelle !  Just a technical point about Greg White who had a strong game including his great tackle ten metres out (on Vinny ?) to prevent a certain ASC try. He was saying how few tries he's racked up this year on the right wing. Yesterday he almost seemed to be playing as a second right Centre ! He had a roving roll across the three-quarter line it seems and many tries which ended up the right side started with him left of centre field !

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The popular Toulouse based regional paper La Depeche did OK I think for coverage. Usually for Toulouse Olympique they demote them to the city edition only in their weekend Sports supplement. They got a mention on the front page and 1/3 of a page in its major section Monday. In the Aude edition which I picked up Carcassonne had three full broad sheet pages. Excellent stuff and still indicates that the ASC has its place.

Toulouse though more present off the field than I've ever noticed before. Obviously helped by success and with Juniors in tow too. They took seven coach loads to Carcassonne and a reported 800 or so fans. They will be super motivated now to secure a double too after finishing top of the league. They host the double-header Championship SFs in two weeks at Stade Minimes - should be interesting to see what that pulls too.

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The popular Toulouse based regional paper La Depeche did OK I think for coverage. Usually for Toulouse Olympique they demote them to the city edition only in their weekend Sports supplement. They got a mention on the front page and 1/3 of a page in its major section Monday. In the Aude edition which I picked up Carcassonne had three full broad sheet pages. Excellent stuff and still indicates that the ASC has its place.

Toulouse though more present off the field than I've ever noticed before. Obviously helped by success and with Juniors in tow too. They took seven coach loads to Carcassonne and a reported 800 or so fans. They will be super motivated now to secure a double too after finishing top of the league. They host the double-header Championship SFs in two weeks at Stade Minimes - should be interesting to see what that pulls too.

 

We've really missed out by not having Toulouse in Super League in the next couple of years, I've no doubts they'd be a top 5 club and would generate a lot income. I even would have taken them over us for this season if possible. 

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The popular Toulouse based regional paper La Depeche did OK I think for coverage. Usually for Toulouse Olympique they demote them to the city edition only in their weekend Sports supplement. They got a mention on the front page and 1/3 of a page in its major section Monday. In the Aude edition which I picked up Carcassonne had three full broad sheet pages. Excellent stuff and still indicates that the ASC has its place.

Toulouse though more present off the field than I've ever noticed before. Obviously helped by success and with Juniors in tow too. They took seven coach loads to Carcassonne and a reported 800 or so fans. They will be super motivated now to secure a double too after finishing top of the league. They host the double-header Championship SFs in two weeks at Stade Minimes - should be interesting to see what that pulls too.

A decent crowd is assured bearing in mind four clubs are represented like the last time when I recall the crowd was about three thousand plus for the semis. A couple of competitive ties this weekend with a lot to play for. The new system brought in at the start of the season has worked for me.

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A decent crowd is assured bearing in mind four clubs are represented like the last time when I recall the crowd was about three thousand plus for the semis. A couple of competitive ties this weekend with a lot to play for. The new system brought in at the start of the season has worked for me.

 

No co-incidence that Toulouse get rid of Giles Dumas and then go onto win a trophy within 12 months. The guy is a terrible coach and how he has survived so long at TO and before that the French National team (1990s and early 2000s) is beyond me.

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