This article by Paul Johnson first appeared on the Hunslet Hawks website.
Featherstone Rovers 26 : 0 Hunslet Hawks
The Hawks faced the Rovers this wintery New Years Day for the Annual Gareth Swift memorial trophy friendly at the BigFellas Stadium. An almost full strength side for Hunslet, missing only David March, James Coyle, John Oakes & George Clarke as the two teams found themselves faced with atrocious playing conditions. The visitors suffered a 26-0 defeat against a tough Featherstone side but with 8 players making debut, it was a great opportunity to see glimpses of quality and plenty of potential within the squad ahead of the 2014 season.
The Rovers made full use of the wet and muddy surface, using constant low kicks they managed to cruise over the line twice in the first quarter, Moore and Spears both with their names on the scoreboard. Moore added the conversions giving the hosts a 12-0 lead. The visitor’s line defence remained solid for the duration of the game it was the high kicks that were causing the problems, noted by the Rovers as fullback Kain had to leave the field with a hamstring tear.