Stanley Gene will not tolerate Gateshead Thunder repeat

Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene slams performance at Swinton, but backs Thunder to bounce back against Hemel Stags tomorrow

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Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene is not prepared to tolerate a repeat of last weekend as Gateshead Thunder visit Hemel Stags.

Dumped out of the Challenge Cup tanks to a 66-6 hammering by Swinton, Thunder return to Championship One action tomorrow aiming to build on their winning start.

Gene said: “It was a case of men versus boys and was unacceptable at this level of rugby league.

“We have sat down and looked at the video of Swinton and I have told them I am not prepared to put up with that level of performance.”

He added: “The only positive is we can concentrate solely on the league now, and give it our full attention.

“The thing I just cannot understand is we showed so much good stuff in our league game against Oxford the week before, then just totally dropped off.”

Expecting few changes in personnel, Gene added: “We have all the boys available apart from Tom Lynch, who will be out for two weeks with a broken hand. Josh Stoker will likely have his chance and he has impressed me.

“Chris Heil, who has played back-row, is going to move into the centres, Jacob Blades will move on to the wing and Tom Capper will make way.

“He is still on standby because we have one of the boys carrying a bit of a calf strain.

“We will have to see a little bit closer to the game before we finalise the side.”


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