Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay was delighted at his side’s performance in Sunday’s 37-34 defeat at Catalans Dragons in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round.
Despite resting a large number of players, Hay’s Championship side went close to pulling off a major upset in France against Super League opponents.
Hay said: “It was a great effort from our boys. We went there wanting to put on a good show really, with no expectations, and show some commitment - and that is what they did.
“I’m really proud of the boys, we were in a winning position until late on in the game but we just came up a bit short in the end. The ruck speed got quick in the middle and they just got us on an edge, but it was a great performance for us.”
Hay praised former Catalans Dragons half-back Remy Marginet, adding: “He put in a great performance for us, he came here wanting to put in a performance for his friends and family and prove a point against the Dragons, he played really well for us.”
“I think team-spirit wise, this trip has been really good for us. We are going to concentrate on finishing as high as we can in the Championship now.
“This year was not going to be the year Featherstone Rovers won the Challenge Cup, but we have given a great account of ourselves and we’re keen to see if we can compete against this quality of opposition on a weekly basis.”