On Thursday night, Toulouse Olympique’s Super League status came to an end as their relegation was confirmed ironically at the hands of their French rivals Catalans Dragons.
Naturally this sparked plenty of debate amongst fans with many believing that Toulouse should have been exempt from relegation as Catalans were initially to be allowed to develop as a club and become a real force in the league.
The potential is certainly there with over 9000 fans in attendance on Thursday night for the French derby which saw their Super League journey end.
After the game Catalans boss Steve McNamara described it as a “real shame” believing his French rivals have the “beginnings of a great product and a great brand” which has now been lost like so many others in the past such as Toronto and Crusaders.
Toulouse’s own player Nathan Peats echoed these thoughts who believed it would lead to a “dying game” in France.
Of course, there are many who oppose such thinking especially as it would have been unfair to change the rules mid-season especially if this was to come at the expense of someone else with Wakefield brilliantly hauling themselves away from relegation recently and with Leigh playing brilliantly in the pursuit of promotion.
However, it hasn’t stopped Leeds Rhinos’ Rhyse Martin from having his say – a bold one too given his own side were well in a relegation scrap with Toulouse before Rohan Smith’s arrival. Leeds needed a win against the French side at Headingley to ensure they didn’t drop to the bottom and were the last side to lose to Toulouse when the French side lifted themselves off the bottom at Wakefield’s expense.
Martin believes the French side should be kept in Super League and that two more teams should be added to Super League to “grow the game.”
He took to Twitter to say: “Get rid of relegation, keep Toulouse in Super League bring 2 more teams up…! Grow the game.”
Couldn’t agree more! Get rid of relegation, keep Toulouse in Super League bring 2 more teams up…! Grow the game https://t.co/jJvw8JyiUG
— Rhyse Martin (@rhysemartin) August 25, 2022