AND so, another disappointing trek to Toulouse; a 50-4 defeat by the Frenchmen (well, some of them were!) and it’s looking like their Super League ambitions might well be realised after this impressive performance.

I watched the highlights on Toulouse TV on the internet, and Barrow were no match for the fast and powerful team who have progressively improved since they re-joined the British game three years ago.

In mitigation, the travel arrangements appeared a bit awkward; surely in 2018 you should be able to fly to south west France there and back in a day?

We were also missing a few first teamers in Ryan Fieldhouse, Gene Ormsby, Jarred Stack and Danny Morrow – and there is the long-term injury casualty Lewis Charnock, who has been a big miss this season.

I don’t know why they were missing, but at least other members of the squad would have gained valuable experience which will hopefully come into play at the back end of the season when we will be fighting to stay up.

Tomorrow doesn’t get any easier as we welcome in-form Featherstone Rovers to fortress Craven Park. This is the biggest threat to our two-year unbeaten home record and we must be at our very best to keep that record intact.

Featherstone are a class act and have only been beaten twice this season; by London Broncos away early in the season and Toronto at home recently in a close encounter.

Ex-Leigh and Haven player and ex Swinton coach John Duffy is the Rovers head coach, and he has signed some outstanding players, including Martin Ridyard and Gareth Hock from Leigh Centurions who joined try scoring machine from Sheffield Eagles, Misi Talapaupa, and a couple of players who had very short loan spells with the Raiders, Keal Carlisle and Jason Walton.

Rovers also have a dual-registration agreement with Leeds Rhinos and two of their up-and-coming stars turn out regularly in Jack Ormondroyd and Harry Newman, the latter who Duffy said was going to be a superstar for Leeds in the future, so we need to watch him closely.

Another interesting statistic is that right-wing Luke Briscoe has also scored in 12 consecutive matches, so whoever plays on the left wing this week has an added incentive to stop that impressive run.

Despite winning eight from 10 matches in the Championship so far, Duffy reckons there is more improvement to come from his team which is worrying. They have beaten Toulouse 36-18 and last week had a convincing win against Dewsbury Rams 46-18.

But he believes performance levels can still go up a notch and he is looking for improvement tomorrow.

So let’s get in their faces from the kick-off and put in another performance like we did against Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh.

I am on commentary duty tomorrow and, keen to learn from others, I watch quite a bit of rugby league on the telly – including the programme on a Saturday afternoon on Freesports, which covers the National Conference League amateur rugby scene.

If Peter Kay was to make a comedy series about rugby league this would be it, as it reminds me of Phoenix Nights but with more laughs.

Last week, Leigh Miners Rangers were on and ex-Raiders half-back Josh Ward was running the show for them, but it took the commentators half an hour to realise it was Josh because he had a different number on his shirt to the programme. The commentator said: “He looks more like 14 than 32!”

In one bizarre incident he kicked for touch and managed to dislodge a pint of beer from a young lady’s grasp 40 metres away.

Trust me, you have got to watch it.