Toulouse Olympique XIII 56-18 Sheffield Eagles
Saturday 20th July 2019, 18:00pm
Championship - Round: 22
Paul Marcon (2), Joe Bretherton, Constantine Mika, Mark Kheirallah, Mathieu Jussaume, Dean Parata, Ilias Bergal (2), Stan Robin,
Mark Kheirallah (8),
Anthony Thackeray, Joel Farrell, Olly Davies,
Pat Walker (3),
Toulouse Olympique XIII
Toulouse Olympique's hopes of a Championship top-five finish were boosted on Saturday as they recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in five games, Toulouse climbed back up to second place with a comfortable victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield Eagles.
In the humid heat of Southern France, it was Olympique who started brightly, with a miss-out ball to Paul Macron opening the scores which was shortly added to by Joe Bretherton, who collect a short pass from Johnathon Ford.
Sheffield replied with their only score of the first half, as the ball went to ground Anthony Thackeray showcased his soccer skills with two kicks along the ground before regathering to touch down.
Pat Walker converted the first and all of his three-goal attempts.
Toulouse resumed their dominance, forcing Sheffield into three consecutive goal-line dropouts before their three tries in 10 minutes.
Firstly, Stan Robin fed Constantine Mika to score then Toulouse recorded the score of the game as Junior Vaivai off-loaded to Mark Kheirallah who raced 70 metres to the whitewash.
Mathieu Jussaume rounded off the first half with a score in the corner, although Kheirallah couldn't convert from the touch-line Toulouse still had a healthy lead going into the interval.
After the break Toulouse soon resumed their dominance, Jussaume's break was supported by Parata who finished the move.
Moments later, Johnathan Ford found Vaivai on the left edge, who used Bergal who was in support for his first score of the evening.
Macron scored Toulouse's eighth try of the game as Pararta found the winger with a looping pass.
Sheffield scored their second of the contest as Anthony Thackeray weaved away from the Toulouse defence to play-in Joel Farrell, who went over from close-range.
Former Sheffield star Stan Robin evaded attention from Aaron Brown to race away for a well-deserved score.
Sheffield soon added a consolation with a short ball from Gregory Burns finding Oliver Davies to touch-down.
It was Sylvain Houles’ side who wrapped up proceedings with a score directly from a scrum, Toulouse showcasing their French flair as they worked it to the left edge where Bergal scored his 8th try in two games.
By Lewis Coleman