Gateshead Thunder bowed out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup at the first time of asking, thumped 12 tries to one at Swinton Lions yesterday.
The hosts went into the third-round tie at Leigh Sports Village without a win to their name this season, beaten in all four Championship outings.
Gateshead, in the league below, had started their Championship One campaign under new coach Stanley Gene with a hugely encouraging 47-28 home win over Oxford.
Yesterday’s Cup excursion was always somewhat of a free hit bearing in mind Swinton’s Championship status, but Thunder led through wing Tom Capper’s try after only two minutes.
Capper had also been on the scoresheet against Oxford at the International Stadium, but hopes of an away win were quickly put to bed as the Lions took control after Carl Puckering’s conversion.
Anthony Bowman drew the sides level when he crossed for Swinton’s opener on six minutes and the barrage of tries saw Freddie Walker and Ben Warrilow quickly following him over the whitewash – the latter a length-of-the-field interception.
Walker’s second try and one for Kash Watkins maintained the pace of the Swinton scoring, the home side racking up a 40-6 interval lead as Darren Hawkyard and Mick Nanyn both went over.
It was more of the same for Gateshead after the break, Swinton adding another four tries through Hawkyard, Watkins, Barlow and Nanyn.
Thunder are now free to turn attentions back towards the Championship One calendar, which sees them back in league action at Hemel Stags on Sunday.