Houles lays down challenge to Toulouse

Toulouse boss Sylvain Houles says it is up to his side to prove they can compete with the best teams in the Betfred Super League as they recorded their first-ever top-flight success at the expense of reigning champions St Helens.

The French outfit remain at the bottom of the table on points difference, but Houles’ side finally got off the mark at the sixth time of asking.

Paul Marcon’s late try left Saints fans stunned, as the French winger scored three minutes from time to snatch the win.

St Helens had led 18-12 at one point, but they lost 22-20 in the south of France, and Houles says it could be a launchpad for his team.

He told reporters: “St Helens are the best in rugby league in Europe, but the boys have been working so hard for weeks, and you could feel it coming.

“We could sense a belief, and we know exactly what is needed in this competition, and they pulled it out of the bag today.

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“It’s historic, it’s our first win in Super League, and it is ironic that it was St Helens. It could only be Toulouse! It is up to us now; it is in our hands to stay in Super League.”

There was another shock in Super League on Saturday, as Warrington Wolves lost 38-22 to Wakefield Trinity on home soil.

Willie Poching’s side ran in six tries on Saturday afternoon, a result which moved Wakefield to within two points of sixth-placed Warrington.

Sunday’s Betfred Super League action will take place in East Yorkshire, as Hull FC host Huddersfield Giants at 15:00 (Hull FC 10/11, draw 18/1, Giants EVS – Match Betting).

The Giants are one place and two points better off than Sunday’s opponents, but Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson has included Manu Ma’u in his 21-man squad for the first time this season.

Kane Evans is suspended, while both Jamie Shaul and Joe Cator miss out through injury.

Giants boss Ian Watson includes Nathan Mason in his squad for the first time this season, while Jermaine McGillvary (10/1 to score the first try) is due to make his 350th career appearance.

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