The Kingstone Press Championship returned in style as week one delivered plenty of pulsating action, some of the action worthy of television viewing.
Unfortunately that wasn’t to be but the action continues and looking back at such an exciting round, we review five occurrences across the league.
Toulouse Olympique made a rip-roaring start to life in the Kingstone Press Championship with a resounding 44-6 home win over last season’s Super 8s Qualifiers Batley Bulldogs.
Following the departure of John Kear, Batley were brought back down to earth with clearly visible bump as the Bulldogs were simply outclassed.
Batley initially opened the scoring through Alistair Leak but any chance of repeating last season’s heroics were soon shunned.
Five tries between Kuni Minga and Gavin Marguerite led the way for the French, with Tyla Hepi, Rhys Curran, Clement Boyer and Tony Maurel concluding the scoring.
So, the French outfit remain full-time some would say living up to expectation but a trouncing of last season’s third place side, perhaps over-achieving?
Some would argue as Batley may have lost the “Kear effect” and though Matt Diskin has plenty of experience in the sport, does he have enough to guide Batley back to the top four?
Meanwhile, Toulouse look the business and are all set for what could be their greatest ever season, even surpassing their surprise appearance in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final in 2005.
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