Featherstone Rovers capped off a historic trip to Spain with a convincing 102-14 victory over Valencia Huracanes at the Estadio de Rugby.
Hat-tricks from Jake Sweeting, Sam Ottewell, Gareth Gale and Ben Blackmore were more than enough for Rovers, who beat Valencia in their first ever match.
Louis Jouffret bagged himself two tries, whilst Nathan Wright, Brandon French, Dean Parata, Luke Cooper and Jack Richardson were also on the scoresheet.
Huracanes scored their first ever try when Connor Aspey, who was loaned to the Club from Salford Red Devils for this fixture, latched onto his own kick to score.
The highlight of the first half for Rovers was Gale’s hat-trick, the second rower scored an impressive three tries in the opening 30 minutes.
Half-time: Valencia Huracanes 4-42 Featherstone Rovers
Valencia came out after half-time superbly, Miguel Tomas Enriqe became the first domestic player to score for the newly formed Club in the opening moments of the second period, which was greeted with cheers from both sets of fans.
Blackmore continued his impressive pre-season by putting on a show after the break. The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick in the second half and showed his kicking game by scoring some goals.
Sweeting and Ottewell also secured their hat-tricks in the second half. Sweeting scored the opening try of the afternoon, whilst Ottewell grabbed Rovers’ second.
Once again both sets of fans cheered when Antoni Martinez Besch got himself on the scoresheet for Valencia late on and Erick Leon was on hand to add the two-points for Valencia.
Despite the score-line, it has been a productive experience for Huracanes, who will be looking to continue in their growth after competing in their first ever match.
Everyone at Featherstone Rovers thanks the Club for inviting us to take part in this historic fixture and we wish them all the best going forward.
Next up for James Webster’s men is a pre-season trip to Craven Park as we face Hull KR on Sunday 19 January 2020, kick-off 2pm.
Full-time: Valencia Huracanes 14-102 Featherstone Rovers
Valencia tries: Aspey, Besch, Enriqe
Featherstone tries: Sweeting (x3), Ottewell (x3), Gale (x3), Jouffret (x2), N Wright, Blackmore (x3), French, Parata, Cooper, Richardson
Valencia Huracanes: Roberts, Leon, A Diaz, Garcia, Sanchis, Serranno, Enriqe, R Diaz, Aspey, Munoz, Aparicio, Marquez, Bardsley, Bartual, Besch, Frigola
Feathersone Rovers: Ottewell, N Wright, Richardson, French, Gale, Sweeting, Jouffret, Lockwood, Bussey, Cooper, B Wright, Hardcastle, Albert, Harrison, Blackmore, Susino, Parata
11 January 2020