Chris Centrone 2, Paul Marcon, Stan Robin, Anthony Marion,
Mark Kheirallah 4,
By Jacob Kilbride
Halifax RLFC fell to successive defeats after they were beaten 28-6 by Toulouse at the Stade Ernest-Argeles.
A first-half double from Christopher Centrone - as well as a Paul Marcon try - put Toulouse ahead 16-0 at the break, despite Halifax enjoying large spells of good field position.
The French side added to their lead after the break, Stan Robin and Anthony Marion the scorers, although Fax put points on the board late on through Dan Fleming.
It took just over a dozen minutes for Toulouse to take the lead, as Robin’s deft crossfield kick found the hands of Johnathon Ford who, despite a suggestionn of a knock on, sent the ball wide to the left for Centrone to dive over.
Kheirallah converted from the touchline.
Halifax responded well though and did everything but score; enjoying plenty of good ball, forcing errors and repeat sets.
They couldn’t take their chances though and Toulouse made them pay with an incredible second try.
Scott Murrell’s short ball was put to ground by debutant Liam Cooper 10m out and Kheirallah quickly reacted to work the ball to Centrone on his 30m mark. Somehow, the winger beat several defenders ran across to the other side of the field to touchdown in the right corner.
Toulouse struck again shortly before the break, again down the right side, with Marcon collecting a Khierallah grubber to dive over, with the assister coverting.
The second-half reflected much of the pattern of the first. Halifax continued to apply the pressure, forcing three goal-line drop outs in the space of five minutes, but it Toulouse who were clinical.
An exceptional offload from Bastien Canet began the move which saw Robin scamper over on the right side before the hour mark.
Robin was again influential in the fifth try, launching a high bomb which Shane Grady dropped in front of the posts, allowing Marion a walk in try.
Khierallah converted both efforts for a 28-0 lead.
Six minutes before the finish, Halifax profited from some poor catching as a rare Khierallah error from Johnston’s grubber saw Fleming go over for Fax’s only try, as had been in the case in the previous meeting in France back in March.
Shane Grady, on kicking duties in the absence of the injured Steve Tyrer, added a consolation goal.
Toulouse: Kheirallah, Centrone, Ader, Romano, Marcon, Robin, Ford, Puech, Marion, Bretherton, Planet, Canet, Rapira
Interchanges: Barthau, Boyer, Hepi, Seguier
Tries: Centrone (13’, 33’), Marcon (37’), Robin (59’), Marion (66’)
Goals: Kheirallah (4/5)
Halifax: Moss, Sharp, Tyrer, Woodburn-Hall, Saltonstall; Murrell, Johnston; Fleming, Kaye, Baldwinson; Heaton, Grady, Grix
Interchanges: Douglas, Moore, Fairbank, Cooper
Tries: Fleming (74’)
Goals: Grady (1/1)