French side Toulouse claimed a crucial 25-18 win at York City Knights to cement second place in the Championship.
It was first blood to the hosts as Jack Teanby crossed after just 11 minutes. Connor Robinson converted to make it the perfect start.
However, Toulouse hit straight back as Mathieu Jussaume managed to cross just two minutes later. William Barthau converted to bring the visitors level.
Just ten minutes later, once again the Knights took the lead as Brad Hey managed to score. Robinson converted again to reinstate the Knights’ lead.
But once again, the French side hit back straight away as James Bell scored just three minutes later. Barthau converted to bring the two sides level once again heading into the break.
The second half started in very similar fashion as York took the lead once again 15 minutes in as Liam Harris got in. Robinson converted once again to give York a six points lead.
Following a familiar pattern, Toulouse hit back again as Paul Marcon scored just a minute later. Barthau missed the conversion however, meaning the French side trailed by two points.
Then with five minutes to go came the deciding moment as Jussaume grabbed his second try to put a dagger in the heart of the York side. Barthau converted to put his side ahead by four in the contest, and for the first time that afternoon.
Barthau then settled the game by adding a penalty and a drop goal before the end to earn a priceless win for the second placed side.
It means Toulouse keep themselves ahead in the race for the playoffs, and temporarily go four points behind Toronto Wolfpack at the top. The French side welcome Swinton Lions next Saturday.
As for York, it is certainly a sign of how far they have come that they can feel disappointed with a narrow defeat against a side of Toulouse’s calibre. The Knights will stay at home as they welcome Rochdale Hornets to Bootham Crescent next Sunday.