Shorts – Catalan Dragons – Toulouse: First French Super League “derby” awarded in England

After losing to St Helens, the Catalan Dragons take on Toulouse for the first time this Thursday night in Gilbert-Brutus for the Super League ‘French Derby’, which certainly looks like an unbeatable opponent as the team continues its high attendance slot. Known for. machine game,

In their first title game against the Dragons, winners of the Super League final of the season and two months earlier, the Saints once again dominated the Catalan side at Perpignan, in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Voluntary, well organized in defence, Steve’s players nevertheless had a very good start to the match, with tackles and the aggression of their opponents scoring in the first attempt of the match immediately after the quarter match.

Full-back Sam Tomkins finds Tyrone May with a brilliant pass into the corner of Fouad Yaha. In this situation the situation seems illogical. This can shock even the most conservative fan. No English team won the title of the game on the first day of the eighth day of the Super League this Thursday evening.

The British channel has chosen to broadcast the first clash between the Catalan Dragons and Toulouse during this Super League.

A historical figure in English and Irish rugby in the 1990s and 2000s, Barry McDermott, who would comment on the match, could not hide his enthusiasm.

It’s unbelievable, we’re so happy to see the French teams play. This will activate the championship and show its full potential to those who consider it confined to the north of England.

Former player then Dragons coach, Jerome Gisset, confirms this enthusiasm:

There are always going to be difficulties, but most supporters are happy to see the competition grow. Boosted this season, the Catalans were the first French team to appear in the English Championship at the Toulouse Olympics 2006, and the first team to play in the final in October after winning the cup in 2018.

“Drax” and Toulouse hope to find this enthusiasm for Gilbert-Brutus, but it’s above all to keep it going.

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Toulouse coach Sylvain Houls explains, “There was only the first time so we mark the event. You have to create something unique so that every time the calendar comes out, all the adults in the South can mark the date. There is also an opportunity to draw attention to a booming sport in the United Kingdom just months away from the world, and which will host the 2025 edition in the meantime.

At sporting level, the meeting promises to be tense in any case, with Toulouse being promoted, looking for points to keep, and many including Pérignon, Sam Tomkins ousted and two consecutive defeats. Helens is on the verge of a new crisis of confidence, which includes the last home game against St Helens in the National Cup.

“He is an adversary that should not be underestimated. He has the ability to beat anyone, we have the ability against St Helens and Wigan,” said center Arthur Romano.

The two clubs, who have opposed matches for almost ten years, know each other by heart but will not give gifts. “It is a question of pride, we want to show ourselves as the best team in France”, warned Houles, who has previously been at Perpignan. We are not fools, they are on top, but know that anything can happen.

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