Rugby League


5 Oct 2023

Betfred Championship Preview | Toulouse Olympique v Bradford Bulls

Betfred Championship Preview | Toulouse Olympique v Bradford Bulls

Toulouse Olympique and Bradford Bulls will get the Betfred Championship Semi-Final underway on Saturday evening.

The French side did not have a match last weekend after finishing second in the Betfred Championship.

Toulouse ended the season with a victory at Whitehaven, however, this did come at a cost. Greg Richards is unable to feature this weekend after failing a HIA during the away win in Cumbria.

However, captain Harrison Hansen is among the list of players who return to the squad. Second rower, Dominique Peyroux and half-back Jake Shorrocks have also returned to the 21-player squad. Matthieu Laguerre also returns to the side.

Olympique have defeated Bradford Bulls already this season in France when the sides met in Round 16.

Despite losing in France this season, the Bulls have defeated Toulouse in Round Four this season.

This will be Bradford’s second play-off fixture as they hosted York Knights at Odsal last weekend. Bradford finished third in the table, they were five points behind their opposition on Saturday.

Lee Greenwood’s side have been able to compete and ended the season well which saw them get a home play-off game in the opening week.

The Bulls have players with experience who could help lead the Bulls to the Betfred Championship Grand Final. Lee Gaskell, Jason Baiteri and Joe Arundal have all featured in the Super League through their careers and could help with Bradford progressing to the Final.

The game gets underway at 5PM (UK Time).