Featherstone Rovers’ impressive unbeaten run in the Championship came to an end as they suffered a defeat against a determined and well-organized Toulouse Olympique side. The French team showcased a resolute defence and proved lethal on the attack, securing a convincing victory.
The match began on a sour note for Rovers as they were dealt an early blow with the loss of Johnathon Ford due to a shoulder injury. Despite this setback, Featherstone dominated in the forward play, asserting their dominance without being able to break through the determined French defence. Toulouse always posed a threat when they spread the ball wide, and it was Armitage who capitalized on the opportunity, crossing the try line to give his team the lead.
Rovers, however, quickly retaliated as Craig Hall chased his own kick and managed to score, bringing the game level. Toulouse soon regained their lead when Lima extended their advantage. Chan of Featherstone was sin-binned for a head-butt, adding to Rovers’ woes. Nonetheless, the persistent pressure from Rovers paid off just before halftime when Luke Briscoe crossed the line, reducing the deficit to four points.
The start of the second half saw Toulouse’s Peyroux finding space out wide and increasing the 12-man team’s lead to 18-8. Rovers’ forwards continued to make substantial progress, with both John Davies and Chris Hankinson forcing their way over the try line. However, Hall could only convert one of these tries, resulting in a tied game at 18-all as the final quarter began.
In the closing stages, Toulouse seized control and secured a resounding victory by scoring three converted tries to which Rovers had no response. The French side demonstrated their superiority, leaving Featherstone Rovers trailing behind.
Final Score: Featherstone Rovers 18 – Toulouse Olympique 36