Toulouse and Featherstone through to fight for promotion to Super League

Championship ball for Monday night rugby league

Toulouse and Featherstone successfully navigated the play-off semi-finals to set up a mouth-watering Championship Grand Final clash in France next week.

The top two sides in the regular season will go head-to-head at Stade Ernest Wallon, 24 hours after Super League’s top two – Catalans and St Helens – face-off at Old Trafford.

Heavy favourites Toulouse didn’t have it all their own way against Batley, who beat Bradford last weekend to set up their France trip.

Former Dragons Remi Casty and Tony Gigot helped Toulouse in to a 12-0 lead inside 15 minutes, but tries from Dane Manning and Greg Johnson dragged the Bulldogs back in to the contest either side of Joe Bretherton’s touch down.

Batley trailed just 16-12 at half time, but were blown away in the second half – two tries inside five minutes of the restart from Junior Vaivai and Mark Kheirallah gave the hosts breathing space, and they added four more tries – with Gigot also adding a drop goal.

HOLY GRAIL: Toulouse have Super League in their sights after 20 year wait

Rovers return to Grand Final

The only team standing in Toulouse’s way of Super League in 2022, as well as a perfect winning season, is now Featherstone, who progressed in similar fashion past Halifax at the Millennium Stadium.

Frankie Halton and Conor McGrath traded tries in the opening 10 minutes, and Featherstone led 14-4 at half-time despite spending 10 minutes with 12-men following a yellow card for Tom Holmes.

Brett Ferres’ score on 51 minutes broke the Panthers’ resolve, and Josh Hardcastle, Conor Jones and Kris Welham made it four tries in 13 minutes to blow the visitors away.

It was Featherstone’s 27th game of the season and they will now become the second team after Batley to make the trip to Toulouse in 2021 – with the ultimate prize of promotion on offer.

Featherstone last won the Championship 10 years ago in 2011, but there was no promotion in place due to the licensing system.

Toulouse have now played and won 14 games this season. They are expecting a bumper crowd for the final on Sunday October 10 (6pm UK).

READ MORE: Calls for legal challenge if Toulouse earn promotion to Super League

About James Gordon 7231 Articles
Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.


  1. Don’t know how your going to pull this off , but come on featherston rovers , you can do this , if any club has earned the. Right to get into super league your one of them coming back from going bust , fans helping to build your own ground . You’ve earned it

  2. As much as I like Fev rovers, and they certainly have earned their stab at SL , for the progression of RL and successful expansion, it’s a chance I hope Toulouse don’t blow. It’s a massive opportunity for the game, massive!
    In my opinion, and I know it won’t be popular with a lot, especially the flat cappers, but adding another from an already saturated area, I fear it’ll be another Leigh.
    It is circling the wagons on the M62, the game needs growth or it will die. Toulouse will attract better overseas players who would rather live there than a dull english town, benefiting SL.
    The uplift for the French game and grassroots will be invaluable, giving more players a pathway.
    In a wealthy city like a Toulouse with lots of aerospace money, ex pats, massive population, and rugby is popular, it will help grow interest with sponsors and TV money. It’s a no brainer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.