Toulouse hold off second half Halifax comeback

Toulouse hold off second half Halifax comeback

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Toulouse’s held off a second half comeback from Halifax Panthers to win 44-34 at The Shay.

The visitors took the lead after nine minutes. Lloyd White jumped out of dummy half and gave it to Junior Vaivai in support to score. Anthony Marion scored the conversion to give them a six-point lead.

Just three minutes later, Toulouse doubled their lead as Joe Bretherton took in a short ball to go over from short range. Marion added the conversion.

Toulouse continued to pour forward, and got their third try on 16 minutes, as White went alone from dummy half and scored. Marion scored the conversion.

It was soon four tries in nine minutes for Toulouse. White scored his second after supporting a break from Johnothan Ford to go over. Marion scored the conversion to make it 24 points inside the opening quarter.

Four minutes later, Toulouse got their fifth try as Andrew Dixon managed to spin his way out of a tackle and go over. Marion hit the post with the conversion attempt.

Halifax were starting to get themselves back into it, but it was Toulouse who scored again, as Vaivai got over for his second. Marion was back on target with the conversion attempt.

The Panthers were handed a boost a couple of minutes later, after Justin Sangare was sent to the sin bin for foul play.

A minute later, Halifax made the extra man count as James Saltonstall took in a cutout pass from Liam Harris to go over. Robinson missed the conversion, meaning they reduced the deficit to 30 points.

There was time for one more Halifax try before the break as Saltonstall got on the end of a Harris kick to score. Robinson converted to bring the Panthers into double figures coming into the break.

Just after getting Sangare back from the sin bin, Toulouse found themselves a man light again. Latrell Schaumkel was next in the bin after a professional foul.

Just like with Sangare, Halifax responded almost straightaway, as Zack McComb was put through by Harris to score. Robinson converted to reduce the deficit to 18 points.

The Panthers would make it back-to-back tries after James Woodburn-Hall finished a good move. Robinson converted to leave just two tries in it.

Halifax then found themselves a man light, after hooker Amir Bourouh, on loan from Wigan Warriors, was sent to the sin bin for a late hit.

Just like with the other yellow cards, Toulouse would take full advantage, as Remi Casty got the ball and barged over. Marion converted as Toulouse reached 40 points.

Halifax got themselves back in it again on the hour. Toulouse failed to deal with a high kick, Ed Barber picked up the loose ball and went over. Robinson converted.

Toulouse moved further ahead a few minutes later, as Marion scored a penalty after Dan Murray conceded a penalty for lifting.

Marion added another penalty two minutes later, as Toulouse moved to kill the game.

Halifax would get the final word, as Saltonstall completed his hat-trick after diving over out wide. Robinson converted to leave them 10 points behind.

The Panthers travel to Oldham next Saturday, while Toulouse have two weeks off after their games with Featherstone Rovers and Widnes Vikings were postponed. They will return to the pitch when they go to Whitehaven on 16th May.

Halifax Panthers: James Woodburn-Hall, Nick Rawsthorne, Greg Worthington, Zack McComb, James Saltonstall, Liam Harris, Connor Robinson, Elliott Morris, Brandon Moore, Dan Murray, Ed Barber, Paul Brearley, Ben Kavanagh.

Subs: Amir Bourouh, Adam Tangata, Sam Hewitt, Jacob Fairbank.

Head Coach: Simon Grix.

Toulouse: Latrell Schaumkel, Ilias Bergal, Mathieu Jussaume, Junior Vaivai, Benjamin Laguerre, Johnathon Ford, Anthony Marion, Maxime Peuch, Lloyd White, Clement Boyer, Andrew Dixon, Joe Bretherton, Remi Casty.

Subs: Eloi Pelissier, Mitch Garbutt, Justin Sangare, Max Garcia.

Head Coach: Sylvain Houles.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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