Toulouse Olympique 44-6 Batley Bulldogs

Toulouse players celebrate a try in the Challenge Cup.


Toulouse Olympique started their Kingstone Press Championship campaign in fine style as they defeated Batley Bulldogs 44-6 at Stade Ernest Argeles on Saturday. Kuni Minga scored a first half hat-trick for Toulouse and things got better for the French side in the second half as they racked up 26 points without reply.

It was Batley who broke the deadlock after five minutes courtesy of hooker Alistair Leak. Pat Walker converted for an early 6-0 lead but Toulouse soon responded. Young winger Gavin Marguerite crossed the whitewash for Toulouse before Minga took control of proceedings with three tries in 15 minutes. Unfortunately for the hosts, Mark Kheirallah could only convert one try, leaving the Bulldogs with a good chance of getting back into the game during the second half.

After the restart, Tyla Hepi extended Toulouse’s advantage with the opening try of the second half. Kheriallah converted and the next try needed to go the way of Batley if they were to have any opportunity of getting something out of the game. However, Toulouse’s defence held the Bulldogs to a standstill and the French side managed to capitalise with two tries in as many minutes. Rhys Curran and Clement Boyer both touched down to seal a well deserved victory for the newly promoted side who will be a force to be reckoned with on home turf this season. The hosts finished the game with a flourish as both wingers, Tony Maurel and Marguerite, added a try apiece in the latter stages of the match, helping Toulouse breach the 40 point barrier.

Toulouse Olympique

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Mark KheirallahFull Back040000
2Tony MaurelWing100000
3Bastien AderCentre000000
5Kuni MingaWing300001
6Johnathon FordStand Off000000
7Stanislas RobinScrum Half000000
8Clement BoyerProp100000
11Sebastien Planas 17Second Row000000
12Rhys CurranSecond Row100000
13Andrew Bentley 26Interchange000000
16Tyla Hepi 23Second Row100000
17Junior Kalausa Leha 11Interchange000000
21Gavin MargueriteWing200000
23Justin Sangare 16Interchange000000
24Anthony Marion Hooker000000
26Constantine Mika 13Loose Forward000000
Christopher Denis 24Interchange000000
 Total 940001

Batley Bulldogs

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1David ScottFull Back000000
2Wayne ReittieWing000000
3Sam SmeatonCentre000000
4Macauley HallettCentre000000
5Shaun AinscoughWing000000
6Cain SouthernwoodStand Off000000
7Dominic BrambaniScrum Half000000
9Alistair Leak 14Hooker100000
10Alex Rowe 21Prop000000
11Brad DaySecond Row000000
13Pat WalkerLoose Forward010000
14James Davey 9Interchange000000
16Tom Lillycrop 23Prop000000
18James Harrison 22Interchange000000
22Dane Manning 18Second Row000000
23Brad Hill 16Interchange000000
21James Brown 10Interchange000000
 Total 110000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 4, 2017 3:30 pm Championship 2017 Saturday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Toulouse Olympique182644
Batley Bulldogs606