Pete’s Preview: Toulouse Olympique
By Peter Carbert
Our French visitors season so far is best described as ‘tres bien’ with a continued improvement on previous seasons. Toulouse Olympique really hit the heights on and off the pitch with a thumping 46-16 home win over Toronto in front of 6103. That shows the levels the club can reach.
On the flip side, there’ve been some so-so performances too…comfortably beaten at home by Widnes, just holding on at Swinton, thrashed by Toronto at Summer Bash and at Sheffield.
Tres bien indeed…but do they have what it takes to make that next step up? Let’s hope York say au revoir to Toulouse today with the 2 points remaining on English soil.
Ones To Watch: Mark Kheirallah, Jonathon Ford. Hugely entertaining players with the skills to win a game through a piece of magic on their own.
Pete Predicts: 20-20 Draw!
27th April 2019
Toulouse Olympique 30 York City Knights 26
Stade Ernest Argeles – Attendance: 1793
So incredibly close for York Knights. Before the match the bookmakers had Toulouse to win by 20+ points, but York had other ideas, Judah Mazive opening the scoring before Toulouse hit back. Undeterred, Marcus Stock went over, again Toulouse replying. Then Kris Brining somehow forced his way over and York went into half time 16-12 up. Mark Kheirallah opened the second half scoring then Stan Robin followed up and you got the impression Toulouse would run away with it. Perry Whitely and Sam Scott amazingly had York back in front, what a game this was turning out to be!
Anthony Marion was having an influence on things and he broke York hearts with a try near the end. There was still time for a Matty Marsh disallowed try and for Connor Robinson to steal the ball 1 on 1 near the end but the home side were relieved to hear the hooter sound.
This Saturday’s match is sponsored by Evora Construction continues a day of celebrations in the city as the popular York Pride parade takes place from the Minster to the Knavesmire in the morning, with the Knights continuing to support LGBT+ equality and diversity both in the club and in Rugby League.
Tickets for Saturday’s huge clash are priced at £17 Adults, £12 Concessions and as ever, completely free for anyone under the age of 16. Click HERE to buy online: bit.ly/KnightsToulouse