Match Report: Salford Red Devils vs Toulouse Olympique XIII

Salford welcomed back Jackson Hastings to the side after losing twice without him as they looked to secure their Super League status against promotion chasing Toulouse.

There was danger early on for the French side as Salford manage to get two kicks away on the fifth tackle but the ball deceived everybody and bounced into touch.

Toulouse managed to get to the other end of the field not long afterwards but the fifth tackle kick came to nothing.

Both sides seemed to be in control of their play. That was until they conceded a penalty for offside inside their own half on their own fifth tackle play to give Salford easy field position.

This territory worked out well for Salford after Jackson Hastings marked his return with a try as he stepped back inside and ran over Mark Kheirallah who was penalised for a dangerous lift on Hastings as he scored the try to give the Red Devils an eight-point try. Hastings converted both attempts at goal for an eight-point lead for the Red Devils.

However, Toulouse were given the opportunuty to hit straight back as Tyrone McCarthy was penalised for pulling back Mark Kheirallah after the full-back kicked through but the kick was easily picked up by Ryan Lannon in defence.

Olympique then won a goal line drop out as Championship Player of the Year Kheirallah kicked through and forced Evalds to tap the ball over the dead ball line however Ben Ader dropped the ball with the line at his mercy.

Salford were given the chance to extend their lead after Toulouse conceded a penalty in front of the posts 30 metres out and Hastings duly obliged by converting the penalty.

However, Toulouse were determined not to be nilled at the half and after forcing a knock-on from Salford they used the scrum as a platform to attack the Red Devils line and it was Chris Centrone who was on the end of the flowing French move to close the gap. Kheirallah missed from the touchline and the score was now 14-4.

Neither side managed to get another score in before half-time despite Toulouse trying their luck with the last play of the half in what was a good first half for the home side.

Half-Time: Salford Red Devils 14-4 Toulouse Olympique XIII

Toulouse started the second half perfectly as their kick-off bounced over the dead ball line and they won they ball back from a goal line drop out. This led to them crossing the line once more as Stanislas Robin collected Kheirallah’s kick back against the grain and the half-back was the only man who knew where the ball was going to be to narrow the scores. Kheirallah added the extras and Toulouse trailed by 4.

The French side were in the ascendency too as Stanislas Robin kicked a 40-20 but Mourad Kriouache knocked the ball on at the play the ball in front of the posts.

Salford didn’t seem the same side that they were before the half time break and Toulouse were testing the Red Devils.

However, Salford crossed the line once more through Lussick as he managed to dive over from dummy half again, however the hooker was held-up but the French side were penalised for being offside and Salford went for the posts once more.

Hastings converted once as Salford stretched their lead to six points with 25 minutes remaining.

Salford were able to step up a level as they beautifully shifted the ball out to the backs and Greg Johnson hugged the touchline, collected the ball and touched the ball down further in field to make the conversion easier for Hastings. He converted once more to make it 22-10.

The Red Devils kept pulling away from the French side too as Robert Lui passed inside to Niall Evalds, who carved through the Toulouse defence to score his 13th try of the season. Hastings converted from the boot once more and Toulouse now had to score four times to win the game.

Toulouse looked weary as Salford scored their third try in just 10 minutes as Josh Jones collected a tapped down Hastings kick, and released Derrell Olpherts who scored on the left hand wing. Hastings made it seven out of eight from the tee and Salford lead by 24 points.

Toulouse still threatened in attack though and managed to win a goal line drop out and then a penalty an both sides started to look tired going into the final 10 minutes.

However, the attack came to nothing as Salfords class tolled and they shut down the French side.

Salford were not finished in attack either as Hastings and Lui combined well as they took the ball to the line and released Kris Welham who managed to out muscle Jonathan Ford and slide over the try line for his second try of the qualifiers. Luke Burgess was handed the kicking duties and slotted the conversion from out wide much to delight of everyone inside the stadium.

However, it wasn’t going to be the last conversion attempt of the night as Tyrone McCarthy collected Mark Flanagan’s little grubber kick through as Salford put a huge dent into Toulouse’s Million Pound Game hopes. Luke Burgess attempted the conversion once more but hit the upright.

The game didn’t finish on a high note though as Jackson Hastings and Marion came together and got into each others faces as the hooter blew and Ben Thaler called an end to the game.

Full-Time: Salford Red Devils 44-10 Toulouse Olympique XIII

Sky Man of the Match: Jackon Hastings – He came back in the fold for Salford and ran the show for the home side as he managed to score the first try of the night and convert seven kicks from the tee and his efforts both on and off the field by the half-back will be needed by Salford next season.

My Man of the Match: Joey Lussick – The Salford hooker set the platform for the home side as he ran from dummy-half when needed and also managed to get Lui and Hastings on the front foot when needed.

Salford Red Devils

Evalds, Johnson, Bibby, Welham, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Mossop, Lussick, Burgess, Jones, McCarthy, Flanagan.

Subs: Kopczak, Griffin, Lannon, Burke.


Tries: Hastings, Lussick, Johnson, Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, McCarthy

Goals: Hastings (7/8) Burgess (1/2)

Toulouse Olympique XIII

Kheirallah, Marcon, Marguerite, Ader, Centrone, Ford, Robin, Bretherton, Barthau, Puech, Mika, Curran, Marion.

Subs: Boyer, Planas, Kriouache, Hepi.


Tries: Centrone, Robin

Goals: Khierallah (1/2)

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