18th April 2019, 10:23
Match Preview - Eagles vs Olympique
Sheffield Eagles kick off their Easter programme when the Eagles welcome Toulouse Olympique to the Olympic Legacy Park on Good Friday.
In what is set to be an exciting 80 minutes at the OLP, with both sides high up in the Championship standings, the Eagles will have to bounce back from a rare defeat.
With Mark Aston’s side not featuring in the fifth round of the Coral Challenge Cup last weekend, the Eagles will be aiming for a positive performance after losing to Toronto Wolfpack last time out.
Despite a spirited effort from the Steel City side the Canadian’s controlled the afternoon’s proceedings.
Chase Stanley opened the scoring at the New River Stadium and Matty Russell soon crossed the whitewash shortly after.
Oliver Davies gave the Eagles hope when the second-rower spotted a gap in the Toronto defence, Pat Walker couldn’t convert.
Two tries before the half-time hooter gave the Wolfpack breathing space as the North Americans led 18-4 at half time.
An early second-half score from Blake Wallace was followed by a Sheffield try, James Glover’s offload found Ryan Millar who touched down.
The Wolfpack sealed victory in the final 20 minutes as Russell, Wallace and Adam Sidlow all crossed the whitewash, giving Toronto a 40-10 victory.
Toulouse also rested last weekend after not competing in the Challenge Cup. The week before saw Olympique beat Featherstone Rovers across the channel.
Tyla Hepi scored the only try of the contest, with three goals from Mark Kheirallah proving crucial for Sylvain Houles’ side.
Despite losing twice in the first two rounds of the Championship, Toulouse have won all 7 games since, including huge wins against Barrow Raiders, Batley Bulldogs and most impressively table-toppers - Toronto Wolfpack.
One To Watch – Mark Kheirallah
Our one to watch on Friday evening is French International Mark Kheirallah.
The pacey full-back joined the French side from Sydney Roosters in 2011, since then the 2018 Championship Player of the Season has scored over 1300 points in 119 appearances, scoring 91 tries and 492 goals for the French side.
Understandably, Eagles fans should be keeping an eye on Toulouse's main man this Friday.
By Lewis Coleman