Despite the defeat against Tours last night (1-3), the young Australian smuggler was interesting for his first tenure at home.
Nicholas Butler (24) had only walked the sports hall floor for a few seconds during the home game against Sète (1-3) on January 8. Two brief appearances in the relay of Thiago Veloso, who was then playing his last match before an upcoming meniscus operation which should keep him away from the field for a little over a month. Wednesday evening against Plessis-Robinson (3-1), the number two smuggler of the Australian selection was not qualified and it was the young Paul D’Hollander (21) who had played the entire meeting.
Interesting both on serve and against…
It is therefore against Tours, the best French team of the moment, that the Toulouse medical joker made his debut at home in the shoes of a holder, last night. Author of six points in total, he was rather rehabilitated in his role as conductor. Passed through Beauvais and Tourcoing between 2018 and 2020, “Nick” arrived a little over two weeks ago from the Dutch club Active Living Orion where he played with the brother of Gijs Jorna, his new captain in Toulouse.
Author of four points in his first match in Nice (2-3), this slender player (1m98, 94 kg) is portrayed as quite “classic”, with a good serve and a good read against. Faced with Tourangeaux who recorded their fourteenth victory in fifteen league games, three days after eliminating the Italians of Modena, one of the best teams in Europe, the Australian confirmed these words with two blocks, an ace and services that caused concern at the Touraine reception.
If that was not enough to defeat the ogre of this League A, his performance suggests better days, once worked on the automatisms with his new teammates. Next step: next Saturday in Montpellier, another big shot in the championship.