The North Catalans beat Toulouse this afternoon at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium
USAP: Castex, Guirado, Taumaloio, Taofifenua, Charteris, Strokosch, Guiry, Narraway, Cazenave (m), Hook (o), Plante, Mafi, Marty (cap), Sid, Hume
Toulouse: Steenkamp, Tolofua, Johnston, Lamboley, Maestri, Dusautoir (cap), Picamoles, Burgess (m), McAlister (o), Clerc, Jauzion, Fritz, Huget, Poitrenaud
Runs: 0-3, 5-3, 5-6, 8-6, 15-6, 20-6, 27-6, 34-6, 34-13, 34-20
USAP and Toulouse, current Top 14 champions, faced off against each other this afternoon for the fifth match-day of the French league. The North Catalans had only won one match - against Bayona - from their four league games before this afternoon’s match.
Both teams started strong. In two minutes, Toulouse took the lead thanks to a penalty goal transformed by McAlister (0-3). In the next play, USAP captured the ball and FaridSid scored the first try of the match (5-3). Guiry, Guirado and Strokosh all scored to give USAP a 27-6 lead at the break.
At the start of the second half, USAP kept up the pressure. Haugthon scored another try for the Catalans, but Toulouse hit back immediately after (34-13). Despite the French team’s resurgence, USAP managed to hold onto their lead. The Catalans closed out the game with a 34 to 20 in their favour, thus securing their second win of the season.