Toulouse hadn’t played in the South of France for several weeks and home comforts served them well early doors. Firstly, Anthony Marion walking through a huge gap in goalline defence and Guy Armitage powering over on the left after great Gallic flair in the build up. Shorrocks converting 1 from 2 but TO were scoring more than a point a minute at 10-0 up with 9 on the clock.
If the first 2 tries were about skill and timing, Fax’s third was about brute strength and determination with Brandon Moore scoring from a typical barge over from dummy half. Jouffret converted once more to make it a 10-18 half time and 2 score lead for the visitors.
But Fax wouldn’t go away, Lachlan Walmsley somehow squeezing over in the corner from Ben Tibbs’ ricocheted kick. Jouffret missed from the tee for a 22-22 score line with 15 minutes left to play. Shorrocks was unsuccessful with a penalty shot at goal but it mattered not as Guy Armitage made it a brace of tries as he shook off uncharacteristically soft Zack McComb defence to power over for the decisive score. Shorrocks kicked the goal this time and even though Fax threatened and toiled until the very end, they couldn’t get the all important score with Toulouse holding out for a 28-22 victory.
Brochon, Marcon, Jussaume, Rennie, Armitage, Ralph, Shorrocks, Biscarro, Gahan, Hansen, Lima, Stefani, Marion
Subs: Richards, Chan, Silva, Bretherton
Tries: Marion (4), Armitage (8), Lima (51), Stefani (54), Armitage (67)
Goals: Shorrocks 4/5
Woodburn-Hall, Walmsley, Tibbs, Maizen, McComb, Jouffret, Wood, Calcott, Moore, Murray, Sutcliffe, Gee, Tangata
Subs: Inman, Lannon, Larroyer, Pickersgill
Tries: McComb (13), Wood (27), Moore (34), Walmsley (59)
Goals: Jouffret 3/4