Super League survival in our hands, says Toulouse coach

Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles
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Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles says their Super League future is in their own hands after their historic maiden victory over St Helens.

Paul Marcon’s dramatic late try led them to a sensational 22-20 win over the reigning champions, their first victory at the sixth attempt.

The French new boys started the season as relegation favourites and have already lost to two of the other tipped strugglers in Salford and Wakefield.

But having pushed Wigan close a fortnight ago, losing by just a point, the win over Saints provides a huge boost.

Houles said: “St Helens are the best in Rugby League in Europe. But the boys have been working so hard for weeks and you could feel it coming.

“We could sense a belief and we know exactly what is needed in this competition and they pulled it out of the bag today.

“It’s historic, it’s our first win in Super League and it is ironic that it was St Helens. It could only be Toulouse!

“It is up to us now, it is in our hands to stay in Super League.”

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Toulouse remained bottom of the table despite the win, on points difference.

They have moved level on points with Leeds and Castleford; who have also won one each of their six games so far.

It was St Helens first defeat of the season and ended the last remaining 100% record in Super League.

Coming up for Toulouse

Having once again decided not to enter the Challenge Cup, Toulouse now have some time to prepare for their next game.

In the meantime, their two nearest rivals Leeds and Castleford will meet in the Challenge Cup on Saturday; before the Tigers head to Toulouse on April 1.

They then have the French derby with Catalans on April 14 before Hull KR visit Toulouse on Easter Monday.

Toulouse travel to Headingley to face Leeds on April 22.

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