Chester: We respect Toulouse

Wakefield coach Chris Chester says he respects Toulouse and won’t be underestimating them this weekend.

The Wolves and the French club meet in the Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Wakefield continued their revival with a hard-fought win at Widnes Vikings.

“It was a very gutsy performance and we showed real toughness to get through at the end,” Chester said.

“We’re just enjoying our football at the minute. We’re in a little bit of form but we’re under no illusions about how big a task it’s going to be this weekend.

“I’ve watched a couple of their games; they turned over Leigh in France and they’re doing very well in League 1. Our attitude, first and foremost, has got to be spot on and hopefully that will see us through.

“I’ve got a pretty healthy squad and I’ll try and freshen it up again this weekend and give some fringe guys a run out. But I’m also mindful that they are a good side and we want to give them the respect they deserve so we’ll be going in with a pretty strong team.”

Toulouse Olympique XIII are undefeated this season in League 1.

Coach Sylvian Houles said: “We were pretty happy with our performance at the weekend against Oxford. We made a few changes to our line up and the youngsters came through pretty good I thought. We wanted to bounce back after the draw at Rochdale and the boys reacted pretty well.

“Now it’s a bigger challenge at Wakefield but the boys are pretty pumped. It was our goal to play a Super League team in the Challenge Cup to see where we are.

“It’s an exciting weekend for us to go to England and play at the Wakefield ground. We’ve been preparing pretty well and hopefully will give a pretty good challenge to the Wakefield team and push them to the limit.”


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