The battle for survival is well and truly on.
Toulouse’s first pair of back-to-back wins including a huge comeback win over Wakefield today has sparked the French side back into life.
It closes the gap on Wakefield down to two points and will no doubt make other clubs such as Warrington sweat at the bottom of the table adding more story to this thrilling Super League season.
But in the mind of Sylvain Houles what does this win – Toulouse’s first on UK soil in Super League – mean for the scrap for survival.
“I’m not sure to be honest,” was Houles’ answer when asked how many teams were in the scrap for survival and how many points would see his side survive, “I’m not looking at it that way. For us it’s about controlling what we can do and trusting our process.
“The last two games were huge, we knew that. Against Hull KR and Wakefield we knew we needed to start to stay alive in Super League and now we’re back in.
“We have three home games and we’ve got to focus on the next one against Leeds Rhinos.”
Toulouse went into the break at 20-4 down but scored five tries in 20 minutes to take a 32-20 lead in a whirlwind of attacking threat.
They went on to win 38-26 with five of their six tries coming whilst Wakefield were a man down with yellow cards shown to David Fifita and Rob Butler.
Houles believed that this had an impact on the result: “Watching that first half wasn’t good. That first half wasn’t use. Just before halftime Wakefield had one man sin binned and that was important and gave us a bit of life it depended on what we did with it and the boys did really well.
“The boys didn’t have a set for the first 10 minutes. That was the best start we could have had.”