They may have thought they had done the hardest part by climbing six points in 15 days thanks to three successes in a row, including a prestigious against Leeds (20-6, July 16), to abandon 12th place, synonymous with relegation . But while the calendar offered them the possibility of widening the gap with Wakefield, their direct competitor, with two successive receptions, the Toulousains collapsed and now find themselves in a delicate position, at the time of going to Hull KR , this Thursday (9 p.m.).
“We did not make the necessary efforts”
Beaten on July 23 by Salford (11-24), and corrected against Hull FC last week (6-30) at the Stadium, the players of Toulouse Olympique have indeed plunged back to last place (12th, 10 points), to two lengths from Wakefield, with the added bonus of an unfavorable goal average (-199, against – 202). Two meetings marked by catastrophic second periods and far too marked indiscipline from the players of Sylvain Houles.
On the phone, the TO coach struggles to hide his anger and frustration: “It’s really infuriating, we worked hard to no longer be relegated, and there in the last two matches, we didn’t make the necessary efforts to win. They were teams within our reach and we didn’t know how to manage these matches, be patient, build. We probably wanted to score too quickly to take cover, but we rushed and we couldn’t finish the matches. Now we have our backs against the wall. »
A complicated schedule
With five trips and only one reception (the Catalans Dragons on August 25), during the last six days, the maintenance mission promises to be difficult. “We put ourselves in an embarrassing situation, we know it, recognizes the opener and captain Tony Gigot. We said against Hull FC that we had more room for error, unfortunately, we missed our match. Now, we are going to aim for the feat every weekend, we have proven that we are capable of good performances. »
For a first feat this Thursday at Craven Park against Hull KR (9th, 18 points), Toulouse can count on the return of several major players including wingers Matthew Russell and Latrell Schaumkel and pillar Daniel Alvaro (suspended last week) , while the Robins have nearly 14 absentees.
“We weren’t resigned to minus six points, we’re not going to be now, continues Houles. There is no more pressure to have, you have to let go of everything and win, otherwise we will go down. If we go there with the hunger and the desire, this time, it will pass. »
The Toulousans can also hope for a little help from the Catalans Dragons (4th), defeated at home against Leeds on the last day (32-36) and who will have in mind to redeem themselves on Sunday at Wakefield to stay in a good place in the race for qualification.