Batley Bulldogs 20-28 Toulouse Olympique

Toulouse players celebrate a try in the Challenge Cup.

Report

Batley Bulldogs battled hard but were defeated 28-20 against Toulouse Olympique at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. After a poor display against Dewsbury Rams at the Summer Bash, the Bulldogs responded well but came up short against a Toulouse side who have bolstered their chances of a top four finish.

The visitors opened the scoring through half-back Stan Robin who dotted down underneath the sticks. Mark Kheirallah added the extras but it didn’t take long for Batley to answer back. Wayne Reittie picked up a Dom Brambani kick to cross the whitewash, with the latter converting to level the scores after 22 minutes. Batley went ahead for the first time in the match after Alex Rowe won a penalty for a dangerous tackle. Brambani opted to take the two and he was successful. Shaun Ainscough made a great break for the Bulldogs but was stopped short, however minutes later saw Reittie double his tally for the game. The winger scored on the last tackle of the half to give the hosts a boost heading into the sheds. Brambani’s third goal, this time from the touchline, extended the lead to two scores.

Shortly after the restart, Toulouse regained their lead with two quick-fire tries. Paul Marcon was the beneficiary of a long pass and the winger capitalised. Kheirallah couldn’t convert but he added the extras to the next try which came courtesy of Anthony Marion. Their two point advantage was relinquished in the final quarter when Shaun Ainscough powered over to put Batley ahead. Brambani converted but his side’s celebrations were abruptly cut short as Toulouse hit back. Con Mika finished off a move which levelled the game before Robin converted. With six minutes remaining, Sylvain Houles’ men sealed the win when Kane Bentley notched for the French club. The conversion from Kheirallah was successful.

Batley Bulldogs

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1David ScottFull Back000000
2Wayne ReittieWing200000
3Sam SmeatonCentre000000
5Shaun AinscoughWing100000
6Cain SouthernwoodStand Off000000
7Dominic BrambaniScrum Half040000
8Adam Gledhill 10Prop000000
9Alistair Leak 14Hooker000000
10Alex Rowe 8Interchange000000
11Brad DayLoose Forward000000
14James Davey 9Interchange000000
15Danny CowlingCentre000000
16Tom Lillycrop 21Prop000000
18James Harrison 19Interchange000000
19Alex Bretherton 18Second Row000000
21James Brown 16Interchange000000
22Dane ManningSecond Row000000
 Total 340000

Toulouse Olympique

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Mark KheirallahFull Back040000
2Tony MaurelWing000000
3Bastien AderCentre000000
7Stanislas RobinScrum Half100000
8Clement Boyer 13Loose Forward000000
9Kane Bentley 14Hooker100000
10Bastien Canet 17Prop000000
11Sebastien PlanasCentre000000
12Rhys CurranSecond Row000000
13Andrew Bentley 8Interchange000000
14Mourad Kriouache 9Interchange000000
15Maxime Puech 23Prop000000
17Junior Kalausa Leha 10Interchange000000
20Paul MarconWing100000
23Justin Sangare 15Interchange000000
24Anthony MarionStand Off100000
26Constantine MikaSecond Row100001
 Total 540001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 4, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Batley Bulldogs14620
Toulouse Olympique62228