GATESHEAD Thunder bowed out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup at the fourth round stage as former coach Steve McCormack’s Swinton side ran riot.
The Lions touched down 12 tries with just two in reply from a Gateshead outfit whose only victory of the season had been their third-round triumph over amateur outfit York Acorn.
Once again the writing was on the wall early doors for a Thunder squad used to defeat – David Mills crossing the try-line after just seven minutes to get the hosts off and running.
Danny Meekin got in on the act with Swinton’s second as the pressure began to produce gaps in the Thunder defence, and a third was not long in coming when Ian Watson dummied and breezed through to the line.
Former Warrington Wolves Super League star Kevin Penny used his pace to great effect for the first of his two tries as Gateshead were forced to drop out from underneath their own posts, with Adam Higson next over the whitewash.
Ryan McBride got Gateshead off the mark with a powerful finish, but they were 34-4 down at the interval when Dale Cunniffe made them pay for some sloppy hands near their own try-line.
Arguably Gateshead’s best period of the match followed immediately after the interval, but their pressure was not converted into points as Penny intercepted and ran the length for another Swinton score.
Martin Ainscough darted through for the first of his own try brace as the hour mark approached – Darren Hawkyard adding his name to the score-sheet before Ainscough’s second took the try count to double figures.
Hooker Andy Gorski and prop I’Anson managed to find time to get in on the act in the closing stages after Stephen Welton’s consolation effort, with Thunder well and truly beaten ahead of their return to Co-operative Championship matters at home to Doncaster on Sunday.