Toulouse too strong for Widnes

Toulouse too strong for Widnes

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Toulouse claimed an emphatic 70-0 win over Widnes Vikings at Heywood Road to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Spurred on by a 40/20 from Matty Smith, Widnes enjoyed some decent possession early on, but could not break the Toulouse line.

The pressure was broken after a penalty, which created Toulouse’s first real chance, and they took it. A kick deflected kindly for Lloyd White to give the French side the lead after nine minutes. Anthony Marion missed the conversion attempt, meaning their lead stood at four points.

Just three minutes later, Toulouse were able to double their lead. They spread the ball well and Mathieu Jussuame managed to get through and score. Marion was again off-target with the conversion attempt.

The French side extended their lead on the 20 minute mark. Justin Sangare was able to power over from short range. Marion hit the conversion to stretch the lead to 14 points.

Five minutes later, Toulouse scored again as Andrew Dixon took a short ball and went over. Marion scored the conversion.

Widnes came close soon after. A kick in the air was challenged for by Joe Edge, with the ball falling to Adam Lawton, who grounded the ball. But the try was disallowed by referee Tom Grant for offside.

Toulouse struck again just three minutes before the break. Johnathon Ford came down the short side, and gave the ball to Dixon, who proved too strong for the defence and scored his second. Marion was again on target with the conversion.

There was even time for one more right on half-time. The French side broke quickly down the right-hand side, and Jy Hitchcox eventually finished off the move out wide. Marion hit the post with the conversion attempt, meaning they led by 30 at the break.

It took the French side just four minutes into the second half to add to their advantage. Mitch Garbutt was out through a huge gap in the middle to score under the posts. Marion added the conversion for a 36-point lead.

Toulouse grabbed their eighth try just under 10 minutes later. Latrell Schaumkel broke free through the middle, and worked the ball out wide for Jordan Flovie to score. Marion added the conversion.

Just four minutes later, the French side edged closer to 50 points. Eloi Pelissier went out of dummy half and dummied his way through the defence to score. Marion converted to get Toulouse up to 48 points.

Things got worse for Widnes two minutes later. Lawton found himself in the sin bin after a high shot on Sangare, which sparked the two sides coming together.

Four minutes later, Toulouse grabbed another at Schaumkel broke down the right-hand side and went himself for their tenth try. Marion hit the post with the conversion attempt.

Just before Marion took the conversion attempt, referee Tom Grant was made aware of an alleged eye gouge by Justin Sangare against a Widnes player. The incident was put on report.

Just as Widnes got back to full strength, Toulouse added to their lead. It was another break through the middle and Pelissier was able to stretch his arm and get the ball on the line. Marion was back on target with the conversion.

The French side then passed 60 points. Dixon was able to complete his hat-trick after getting through a gap on the right-hand side. Marion scored the conversion to get Toulouse up to 64.

Toulouse managed one more before the end. Jussuame broke free and passed inside to Pelissier, who stepped around his man to complete his hat-trick. Marion scored the conversion to get Toulouse up to 70 points.

Both sides return to action next week. Toulouse travel to Whitehaven next Sunday, while Widnes welcome York City Knights on the same day.

Toulouse: Latrell Schaumkel, Jy Hitchcox, Mathieu Jussuame, Junior Vaivai, Jordan Flovie, Johnathon Ford, Anthony Marion, Justin Sangare, Lloyd White, Harrison Hansen, Andrew Dixon, Joe Bretherton, Remi Casty.

Subs: Eloi Pelissier, Mitch Garbutt, Maxime Garcia, Hugo Salabio.

Head Coach: Sylvain Houles.

Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Deon Cross, Joe Edge, Ste Tyrer, Jayden Hatton, Joe Lyons, Matty Smith, Owen Farnworth, Brad O’Neill, Kenny Baker, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson, Paul Clough.

Subs: Will Tilleke, Adam Lawton, Calum O’Neill, Lewis Else.

Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.

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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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