Toulouse kept their Super League survival hopes alive with a good win over Hull KR at the Stade Ernest Wallon.
It is the French side’s third win of the season, and they are currently four points behind Wakefield Trinity, who they face at Magic Weekend next week.
Toulouse made seven changes to the side that was beaten at Wigan last week. Mathieu Jussuame, Matty Russell, Maxime Puech, Maxime Stefani, Andrew Dixon, Eloi Pelissier and Anthony Marion all missed out this week. Replacing them were Guy Armitage, Latrell Schaumkel, Romain Navarrete, Joe Bretherton, Joseph Paulo, Lucas Albert and Justin Sangare.
Meanwhile, Hull KR made three changes to the side that was beaten by Huddersfield. Lachlan Coote, Ryan Hall and George King all missed out. Coming into the side was Will Dagger, Sam Wood and Albert Vete.
It was Toulouse who drew first blood after 15 minutes. Tony Gigot put a kick into the corner, and Latrell Schaumkel managed to collect it and score. Chris Hankinson added the conversion to make it a six-point lead.
That became an eight-point lead just under 10 minutes later. Hankinson added a penalty after Hull KR were punished for hands in the ruck.
HT- Toulouse 8-0 Hull KR
The first try of the second half felt crucial, and it was the hosts who scored it. They got the ball over to the right-hand side, and Guy Armitage was able to send Paul Marcon over for the try. Hankinson scored the conversion to extend Toulouse’s lead.
With 50 minutes on the clock, Toulouse extended their lead to 16 points. Hankinson slotted over another penalty after Hull KR were caught offside.
The hosts made absolutely sure of the result on the hour mark. Joe Bretherton managed to break clear of the Robins’ defence, before getting the pass over to Hankinson, who got a try to add to his collection of points.
However, Hull KR then gave themselves some hope six minutes later. Albert Vete was able to crash over by the posts and get the Robins on the board. Will Dagger added the conversion.
But any hope was soon extinguished. With nine minutes left on the clock, Olly Ashall-Bott found a gap, and went through it to score for Toulouse. Hankinson maintained his perfect record with the boot.
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FT- Toulouse 28-6 Hull KR
Both sides are back in action at Magic Weekend next week. Toulouse play in the opening match in Newcastle, as they take on Wakefield on Saturday. As for Hull KR, they face Hull FC in the final game on Sunday.
Toulouse: Ashall-Bott, Marcon, Armitage, Hankinson, Schaumkel, Norman, Gigot, Navarrete, Peats, Alvaro, Peyroux, Bretherton, Paulo. Subs: Albert, Hansen, Belmas, Sangare.
Tries: Schaumkel, Marcon, Hankinson, Ashall-Bott
Goals: Hankinson 6/6
Hull KR: Dagger,Ryan, Wood, Kenny-Dowall, Crooks, Milnes, Lewis, Vete, Parcell, Storton, Hadley, Halton, Minchella. Subs: Litten, Sims, Keinhorst, Richards.
Goals: Dagger 1/1