Warrington Wolves boss Daryl Powell believes Toulouse Olympique ‘were treading the line before half-time’ as he gives update on Matt Dufty

Warrington Wolves took on Toulouse Olympique tonight at the Halliwell Jones Stadium live on Sky Sports.

Warrington started like a house on fire, crossing through Oliver Holmes and then Connor Wrench in the opening 15 minutes.

Toulouse appeared as though they were flagging early on, but the French side managed to claw their way back into proceedings through a Corey Norman effort from a scrum.

And, Warrington were shellshocked when Eloi Pelissier was handed a try after Lambert Belmas had the ball ripped out on the line by Thomas Mikaele just minutes before the break.

Stefan Ratchford added a penalty on half-time to make it 18-14.

Joe Bretherton was sinbinned three minutes into the second-half for pulling Stefan Ratchford back as he went to put down a George Williams kick, but the Wolves only managed to capitalise nine minutes later through Connor Wrench.

Ratchford missed the conversion as the two sides were locked at 18-18, but the Wire halfback added a penalty to make it 20-18.

And, following a sinbin to Harrison Hansen, Wire added another after Matt Dufty crabbed across the line before sending George Williams over.

Warrington had just enough time to cross again through Ben Currie to round off the scoring at 32-18.

Winning head coach Daryl Powell was relieved to get the win.

“It’s been tough, I’ve been involved in a lot of finals as a coach and player and I’ve probably found myself more nervous going into this game,” Powell said after the game on Sky Sports.

“The pressure has been big on the players. There’s been a lot of comings and goings, but it gives us a lot of foundations to go hard for the rest of the season and move on with positivity.”

The Warrington boss also talked on Toulouse’s ill-discipline which saw two players awarded yellow cards.

“It was all about keeping calm and finding a way to defend better. There was a bit of ill-discipline, I thought they were treading the line before half-time so you reap what you sow with that.”

Powell also gave an update on Matt Dufty who has been struggling with an injury.

“He’s been struggling with his foot, he has been training a 70% but he had a couple of points where he stood up. He is struggling.”

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