A scintillating display of attacking play proved too good for Oldham on Saturday evening as Matt Diskin’s side were soundly beaten 58-6 by in-form Toulouse Olympique.
Despite the best efforts of the men in red and white hoops, backed-up by a band of hardy Roughyed supporters who didn’t stop singing all night, eleven French tries against a solitary effort from Oldham’s Matty Fletcher tells its own story.
The Stade Ernest-Wallon, home of successful Rugby Union club Stade Toulousain, is the new home for Sylvain Houles promotion chasing side and they took full advantage of the stadium’s new hybrid surface.
Bastien Ader opened the scoring in the 11th minute following the first penalty in the match and from that point the home side were always in control. Further ties from James Bell and Paul Macron gave Olympique an 18-0 half-time lead.
The second-half resumed in much the same vein as the first with Toulouse doubling their score to 36 before Fletcher crashed over in the 65th minute to put points on the board for the visitors.
Any Oldham thoughts of a come-back were quashed in the final quarter as Toulouse ran-in four further tries to complete the scoring and leave Roughyed fans and players reflecting on a heavy defeat.