Super League: Toulouse Olympique 28-6 Hull KR - Bottom side stun Rovers

Latrell Schaumkel
Latrell Schaumkel scored the first try of the game and the only try of the opening 40 minutes
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Toulouse (8) 28
Tries: Schaumkel, Marcon, Hankinson, Ashall-Bott Goals: Hankinson 6
Hull KR (0) 6
Try: Vete Goal: Dagger

Bottom side Toulouse Olympique shocked Hull KR to boost their Super League survival hopes by picking up just their third win of the season.

Latrell Schaumkel's score was the only try of the opening half as the Robins failed to register a single point.

Paul Marcon and Chris Hankinson added further tries in the second period as Toulouse extended their lead.

Albert Vete put Rovers on the board but hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished by Olly Ashall-Bott's try.

Having lost six of their previous seven matches in all competitions going into the game against a Toulouse side with just two league victories all season, the pressure was on Tony Smith's side and they came up short.

There were patches of good play in both halves, with Frankie Halton denied for a double movement and Sam Wood almost put away but the pass was forward.

Vete's try was typical brute force, but despite threatening through the skill of Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Elliot Minchella, they only posted one try.

While the result might have come as something of a shock, within the context of the performance it was not, as dogged defence was matched by some ruthless attack for the French club.

Sylvain Houles' side have never given up hope despite their struggles post-promotion, and their mid-season pick ups of Corey Norman and Nathan Peats have added to the quality within the squad.

Tony Gigot's cultured boot also helped, laying on Schaumkel's score with a kick and booting a 40-20 which set the platform for Hankinson's score.

Hull KR boss Tony Smith told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We were clearly second-best right from the word go and it was a very similar performance to the first half last time we were here.

"Behind on the scoreboard and hadn't played well, we looked hot, flustered and lethargic, we were hoping we'd be able to regroup again but we didn't have the troops here to resurge.

"People like to blame people and I'll take all responsibility, that's my job. Leave the players alone. That's fine. I can handle that, I get called names when things don't go well and probably called names even when it does."

Toulouse: Ashall-Bott; Schaumkel, Armitage, Hankinson, Marcon; Norman, Gigot; Navarette, Peats, Alvaro, Bretherton, Peyroux, Paulo

Interchanges: Albert, Hansen, Belmas, Sangare

Hull KR: Dagger; Ryan, Wood, Kenny-Dowall, Crooks; Milnes, Lewis; Vete, Parcell, Storton, Hadley, Halton, Minchella

Interchanges: Litten, Sims, Keinhorst, Richards

Referee: M. Griffiths.

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