KEVIN Neighbour branded the performance of his Gateshead Thunder side as “disgusting” after they slumped to defeat against Rochdale Hornets.
In the second of three games to be staged at Filtrona Park, bottom-of-the-table Thunder were guilty of ill-discipline as prop Bret Waller was sent off for a second half head-butt.
In the melee that followed Sam Walsh was sin-binned for fighting along with a Hornets player and the visitors made Thunder pay by running in six unanswered tries.
Paul Crook scored 16 points for the visitors, opening the scoring after just five minutes with a try. That was not a signal for the floodgates to open though, as Thunder defended well despite giving up the ball too often.
It had been a scrappy game throughout as both teams needlessly conceded possession in the first half but Thunder were only 8-0 down at the break and eyeing either a rare victory or a losing bonus point.
But Rochdale tightened up after half-time and when Waller given his marching orders, they finished off the last of Gateshead’s resistance.
In a no-holds-barred deconstruction of Thunder’s performance, Neighbour admitted his patience had been tested by another defeat.
“To be brutally honest it was the worst game I’ve seen all season,” he said.
“Both teams were just as bad as each other in the first half. We were fortunate to be 8-0 down and we gifted them the ball so many times. Then the sending off just killed us.
“Even at the time of the sending off it was only 20-0 and there was a chance of a losing bonus point which would have taken us past last season’s total at least.
“It was just ill discipline and it was not sticking to the plans that we’d had beforehand. I was very unhappy with them and let them know that afterwards.”