Batley Bulldogs lose third-straight league game following defeat to Toulouse

Batley Bulldogs lost for the third Championship game in a row as they were beaten 32-12 by league leaders Toulouse Olympique on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 11th July 2021, 8:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 10:26 am
BACK AT THE BULLDOGS: Greg Johnson scored on his return to Batley but it wasn't enough to prevent a defeat against Toulouse. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

The win was the French outfit’s ninth in a row this season, with their win percentage of 100 per cent and superior points difference keeping them above Featherstone Rovers in the Championship table.

Batley battled hard against the full-time outfit, trailing by only four points at the half-time interval before Toulouse ran away with the game in the second half.

Harrison Hansen opened the scoring after three minutes but Batley hit back when Greg Johnson marked his return to the club with a try in the ninth minute.

Adam Gledhill then put Batley in front as he drove at the Toulouse defence to score underneath the posts.

That proved to be the Bulldogs’ final mark on the scoreboard, however, as Latrell Schaumkel and Justin Sangaré crossed before half time to put the French side ahead at the interval.

Junior Vaivai scored twice in four second-half minutes to take the game away from Batley before Mathieu Jussaume sealed a Toulouse victory eight minutes from time.

“We looked at Toulouse’s games this year and the majority of the fixtures they have played this year have been over by half time,” said Lingard.

“We knew we needed to make them feel uncomfortable going into half time, so we decided if we won the toss we would play downhill.

“We won the toss and were 12-6 up at one point but just lost our way a little bit.

“I was still pleased with the players because I asked them to make it close at half time. In the end, Toulouse’s clash shone through but it was a really good performance.”

Batley will take on Heavy Woollen rivals Dewsbury Rams on Thursday night. They will then have the luxury of a 10-day break before returning to action, giving some of their injured players more time to recover.

Lingard added: “I am looking forward to the game and then we have got 10 days off. Hopefully we are able to get some bodies back in that 10-day stretch.”