Toulouse Olympique 14-20 Castleford Tigers: Highlights and match report -

Toulouse Olympique 14-20 Castleford Tigers: Highlights and match report

Toulouse again proved tough opposition in France today but couldn’t get the job done against Cas despite leading twice early in the game.

For Cas it was a vital win after a disappointing defeat last week and sees them draw level with Hull KR in the table in sixth spot who currently trail against the Champions.


Elusive Olly
Olly Ashall-Bott has been a revelation since joining Toulouse and continued his great form with yet another try today brilliantly evading defenders with his weaving running style to open the scoring.

Left edge excels for Toulouse
The French side retook the lead thanks to a lovely move down the left which saw a superb Chris Hankinson pass set up a try for Matty Russell.

Hampshire with decisive break
Olly Ashall-Bott had starred in attack earlier but came up with a massive tackle to stop his opposite number Ryan Hampshire on a 70 metre break. However, shortly after that and aided by a penalty George Griffin got the Tigers back into the game.

Match Report:

On the back of a second half collapse against Wigan last week, this represented a must win game for the Tigers in their search for play-off rugby after a very up and down first half of the season.

Like the Tigers’ campaign thus far, they failed to show their true quality in the first half which took a while to get going. There were some glimpses from Greg Eden and an important intervention from Olly Ashall-Bott to deny a try from a grubber and eventually the French side’s defensive resolve paid off when the fullback himself scored thanks to a typically elusive run.

That could’ve taken the wind out of Castleford’s sails but fortunately shortly before the break they clawed back into the contest through a Suaia Matagi try. Not the prettiest try as he crashed over but they all count.

After the break, the Tigers’ again failed to truly get a foothold in the contest and three minutes into the second stanza Toulouse again had a six point lead thanks to a Matty Russell try which came from a lovely Chris Hankinson pass.

It could’ve gotten worse for the Tigers when Mathieu Jussaume broke from an intercept by Hampshire came up with a vital play to deny him and it was his 70 metre dash which laid the ground work for the Tigers’ equaliser which came via George Griffin.

Shortly after, the Tigers took the lead for the first time after a ball strip gave Danny Richardson a chance to go for the two on his return to the side. However, his effort was matched by Chris Hankinson 13 minutes from time leaving us all square heading into the last 10 minutes when a Mahe Fonua try proved crucial as he cut inside, spotting a gap to go over for a vital score.

Richardson notched a key conversion to give Cas a six point lead for the first time in the game.

The French side did have chances to level but with a minute left they lost the ball allowing Cas to see out the game.

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