SAINTS FALL TO FIRST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON IN TOULOUSE

Saints suffered our first defeat of the 2022 season following a 22-20 defeat against Toulouse Olympique.

The hosts got off to a quick start. Toulouse won the ball back from their own kick off after Saints allowed the ball to bounce and it resulted in Matty Russell scoring in the corner. Chris Hankinson added the extras to make it 6-0.

The Saints response was good. An attack down the Saints left saw Jonny Lomax find Tommy Makinson with a cut-out pass and he strolled over for his eighth try of the season. He was unable to convert his own try, 6-4 Saints trailed.

We then took the lead for the first time in the game. Another cut-out pass, this time from full back Jack Welsby, found Josh Simm on the right wing and he strolled in to score in the right corner. Makinson was unable to add the extras, 8-6 we led.

The lead did not last for long. Saints once again were unable to deal with a short kick off as it found touch, later on in that set former Saint Dom Peyroux won the race to a grubber kick to score to give the hosts the lead once again. Hankinson added the extras from in front, 12-8 to Toulouse.

The Saints then re-took the lead just before the break. Mark Percival made a big break down the left-hand side, he then found Makinson on his outside and he then found Welsby on his inside who went over under the sticks. Lewis Dodd took over kicking duties and made no mistake, 14-12 Saints led.

A fourth try of the game could have followed for Saints as the break approached, as Percival touched the ball down, however the referee ruled it out as he judged Makinson had tackled the Toulouse defender in the air which had knocked the ball loose. That was to be the final chance of the first 40, as Saints went into the break with a 14-12 lead in France.

Saints came out for the second half and dominated the early periods, but it was Toulouse had a great chance to grab the first try of the second period as Olly Ashall-Bolt was held up inches short of the line by Welsby.

That tackle proved crucial as Saints extended their lead. Jake Wingfield made a break downfield and found the supporting Dan Norman, he then powered over for his first ever Saints try. Dodd once again added the extras, 20-12 Saints led.

Toulouse responded once again though. The ball was worked down the Toulouse right and it ended with Lucas Albert finding Hankinson who powered over from close range. Hankinson converted his own try, 20-18.

The hosts then won the game with four minutes to go as a cut-out pass down their right side saw Paul Marcon score the winning try. Hankinson missed the conversion but Toulouse emerged 22-20 victors and grabbed their first victory of the season.

Match Summary

Toulouse Olympique Team:Β Olly Ashall-Bolt, Matty Russell, Chris Hankinson, Guy Armitage, Paul Marcon, Tony Gigot, Lucas Albert, Joe Bretherton, Anthony Marion, Justin Sangare, Andrew Dixon, Dominique Peyroux, Maxime Puech.

Interchanges:Β Eloi Pelissier, Harrison Hansen, Mitch Garbutt, Joseph Paulo.

Tries:Β Matty Russell (2), Dominique Peyroux (20), Chris Hankinson (66), Paul Marcon (76)

Conversions:Β Chris Hankinson (3Β  from 4)

Saints Team:Β Jack Welsby, Josh Simm, Konrad Hurrell, Mark Percival, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Matty Lees, Joey Lussick, Agnatius Paasi, Curtis Sironen, Morgan Knowles. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Interchanges:Β James Roby, Kyle Amor, Jake Wingfield, Dan Norman.

Tries:Β Tommy Makinson (11), Josh Simm (17), Jack Welsby (34), Dan Norman (54)

Conversions:Β Tommy Makinson (0 from 2), Lewis Dodd (2 from 2)

HT:Β 12-14

FT: 22-20

Toulouse Olympique Line up

1Olly Ashall-Bott
2Paul Marcon
3Guy Armitage
4Chris Hankinson
5Matty Russell
6Tony Gigot
7Lucas Albert
8Joe Bretherton
9Anthony Marion
10Justin Sangare
11Dom Peyroux
12Andrew Dixon
13Maxime Puech
14Eloi Pelissier
15Harrison Hansen
16Mitch Garbutt
17Joseph Paulo

Last updated 23 Jun 22 22:03:05

80'

FT: βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 22-20 Saints ⚫🧊

Our first defeat of the season.

78'
Try
Paul Marcon for Toulouse Olympique

A cut-out pass finds Marcon in the corner. Kick to come.

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 22-20 Saints ⚫🧊

77'

Good defence from Saints keeps Toulouse at bay, but we are then penalised for offside – another set of six to defend on our line…

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75'

Percival is penalised for a high shot – Toulouse kick long and have a scrum in our half. 5 to go. Time to defend.

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74'

Toulouse come forward and look for a late winning try, but Lomax is there to grasp hold of the grubber kick…6 to go!

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71'

Welsby catches another high kick and then wins a penalty for a high shot. Into the last 10 here in Toulouse.

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 18-20 Saints ⚫🧊

Keep battling, boys! πŸ’ͺ

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68'
Goal
Chris Hankinson for Toulouse Olympique

Hankinson converts his own try. We lead by two.

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68'
Try
Chris Hankinson for Toulouse Olympique

Albert finds Hankinson with a short ball down our right hand side and he goes over. Kick to come.

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67'

Gigot’s kick is a good one and turns Saints for the first time in this second half. Simm chases back to pick it up but is forced into touch and we must defend our line here…

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66'

Hurrell with a BIG shot wins us the ball back but LMS’ pass to Norman definitely is forward and Toulouse have it back.

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64'

Makinson goes over in the corner but James Childs calls Lomax’s cut-out pass forward…

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63'

The hosts make a rare second half break down our left side, but Dodd and Knowles are there to force a knock on and we get it back…

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62'

Roby goes for the line from dummy half, but is just short.

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61'

Iggy is back on for the impressive Wingfield and he nearly barges his way straight over…We continue to push!

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57'

We win a penalty as the Toulouse defence begins to tire and ae caught offside…

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Keep going, lads!

55'
Goal
Lewis Dodd for Saints

Dodd adds the two from right in front to extend our lead!

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54'
Try
Dan Norman for Saints

YESSS BIG DANNN! Roby with a quick play the ball – he finds Wingfield who bursts through and he finds Norman on his inside who powers over for his first Saints TRY!

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52'

Ashall-Bolt bursts through Amor and Sironen, but Welsby is there on the cover to save a certain try!

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51'

Roby is on for Lussick and Lees makes way for Dan Norman – who makes his first Saints appearance of the season.

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48'

Our attack looks promising, but Sironen knocks on at the play-the-ball and Toulouse survive.

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46'

Again Gigot’s kick is a good one. It’s moving a mile in the air and Simm does well to trap it with his feet as it bounces and we come away with it before we then win a penalty.

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45'

Gigot’s kick to the corner is well caught by Makinson and we have it back on half way as the skipper is primed to come on alongside big Dan Norman…

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 12-14 Saints ⚫🧊

42'

Again Toulouse get the ball back off a Saints kick off, but this time Hurrell is there to bring the attacker down before Welsby sniffs out the grubber kick.

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 12-14 Saints ⚫🧊

41'

We are back underway in the second half!

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 12-14 Saints ⚫🧊

More of this in the second half, Saints!

40'

HT: βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 12-14 Saints ⚫🧊

We take a narrow lead into the break, but work to do in the second half! πŸ’ͺ

#COYS

39'

The set results in Welsby’s grubber finding the hands of Bretherton and that looks like that will be that as the seconds tick towards half time…

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39'

A break in play as Sironen picks up a knock. He is back up before we win a penalty for a ball steal on Amor. A chance to extend our lead before the break…

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36'

We are in again as Percival touches down but referee James Childs pulls it back as Makinson is adjudged to have tackled Marcon in the air.

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35'
Goal
Lewis Dodd for Saints

Dodd on kicking duties this time, slots over the two from right in front and we lead!

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34'
Try
Jack Welsby for Saints

YESSS! Percival makes a break down the left, he finds Makinson who passes back on his inside to the supporting Welsby who draws us level! Kick to come…

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 12-12 Saints ⚫🧊

33'

At the other end Ashall-Bott makes a break through some uncharacteristically sloppy Saints defence, but this time Peyroux’s pass is forward. Come on boys!!

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31'

Peyroux is looking lively again as he makes another break, but the set results in Hurrell pouncing on a Toulouse grubber and we come away with it…

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30'

Kyle Amor and Jake Wingfield are on for Paasi and LMS as we head into the final 10 minutes of the first half here in France…

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29'

Welsby finds space and puts a kick over the top which is close to finding Makinson, but he can’t get hold of the ball and Toulouse survive…

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27'

We come forward as Sironen makes a break before a grubber is put through which the hosts palm dead and we will come again through Paasi!

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26'

Toulouse continue to come forward, but good defence from Saints results in Welsby picking up the grubber and somehow managing to get out of his own goal before we then win a penalty.

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21'
Goal
Chris Hankinson for Toulouse Olympique

Hankinson adds the two from right in front.

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20'
Try
Dom Peyroux for Toulouse Olympique

Toulouse re-take the lead as former Saint Dom Peyroux latches onto a grubber kick to go over.

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18'

Toulouse are again clever with a kick off as it goes short and Sironen lets it bounce and it finds touch. Time to defend, boys!

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17'
Try
Josh Simm for Saints

SIMMYYY! We take the lead as Simm strolls in on the far side after a cut-out from Jack Welsby! Get in! Makinson’s kick drifts wide.

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 6-8 Saints ⚫🧊

15'

We are pushing again with the ball moved out to the right, but Welsby’s pass is intercepted by Hankinson and Toulouse come away with it…

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 6-4 Saints ⚫🧊

12'

Makinson’s kick drifts just wide in what is a windy evening here in Toulouse.

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11'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKK! And we do respond! Lomax finds Makinson with a cut-out pass and he goes over for his 8th try of the season…He will try and convert his try from the touchline!

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8'

We try and respond a Hurrell breaks through the Toulouse defence before he is taken down 40 out. Chance here…

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 6-0 Saints ⚫🧊

2'
Goal
Chris Hankinson for Toulouse Olympique

Hankinson kicks the two from the touchline.

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2'
Try
Matty Russell for Toulouse Olympique

Toulouse get the ball back from their own kick off and the set results in Matty Russell going over in the corner. Not the start we wanted.

βšͺπŸ”΅ Toulouse 4-0 Saints ⚫🧊

1'

We are off and underway here in Toulouse! COYS! ⚫🧊

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