Toulouse 51-12 Batley: Player ratings and major talking points

We’re a step closer to a first ever French derby in Super League after Toulouse swept aside the Batley Bulldogs in today’s Championship semi-final. Toulouse were superb in the second half as they pulled away but the Bulldogs deserve credit especially for the way they challenged Toulouse in the first 40.

Major Talking Points:

1. 10 second half minutes kill the game

At halftime, Toulouse only led 16-12 in. Batley were well and truly in the contest but a blistering start to the second stanza from the French side killed the game as a contest as they poached tries in quick succession to take a stranglehold on the game and secure their place in next week’s Million Pound Game.

2. Spirited Bulldogs

You cannot question the effort of Batley however. The Bulldogs only arrived in France this morning, and gave as good as they got in the first half with a gutsy and superb first 40. They only trailed by four at the break and a huge upset was on the cards. Ultimately, Toulouse pulled away but the Bulldogs never gave in and they should be commended.

3. Ford and Gigot the difference

Last week as Batley ended Bradford’s season, the difference maker was the superb Tom Gilmore. Today his opposite numbers Jonathon Ford and Tony Gigot were the difference. They brought energy and creativity with ball in hand and supplied a nuanced kicking game which constantly tested the Batley backs.

Player Ratings:

Toulouse
1 Mark Kheirallah – 8
2 Jy Hitchcox – 7
4 Mathieu Jussaume – 7
3 Junior Vaivai – 8
21 Latrell Schaumkel – 6
31 Tony Gigot – 8
6 Johnathon Ford – 8
8 Remi Casty – 8
9 Lloyd White – 8
10 Harrison Hansen – 8
16 Joe Bretherton – 8
12 Dominique Peyroux – 8
13 Anthony Marion – 7
Substitutes
14 Eloi Pelissier – 7
17 Joseph Paulo – 7
18 Mitch Garbutt – 8
23 Justin Sangare – 8

Batley
1 Luke Hooley – 7
5 Jonathon Campbell – 6
12 Lucas Walshaw – 7
3 Kieran Buchanan – 6
29 Greg Johnson – 7
6 Ben White – 6
7 Tom Glimore – 7
15 Jack Blagbrough – 7
9 Alistair Leak – 7
10 Toby Everett – 7
11 Dane Manning – 8
26 Nyle Flynn – 6
13 James Brown – 6
Substitutes
14 Elliot Hall – 6
8 Adam Gledhill – 6
16 Michael Ward – 6
21 Jodie Broughton – 6

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Richard Palliser
Richard Palliser
14 days ago

Fair play to Fev and the ‘French’ crowd, albeit a bit predictable, but credit when it’s due.
Even more credit to the rest of the teams, some great rugby league played this season. As a package, left Super League for dead, with excitement and unpredictability.