Sharks suffer cup humbling

SHAW CROSS SHARKS were hammered 64-4 by Second Division leaders Kells in a merciless 11-try display as the hosts progressed to the next round of the Conference Challenge Trophy.

Despite competing in the league below Shaw Cross, the Cumbrians eased past Brett Turner’s men, with Reece O’Neil and Tony Burns both crossing over twice in an emphatic victory.

Star man Ross Gainford kicked 10 conversions to help Kells on their way and the scrum-half also had a hand in a number of the home side’s first half tries, kicking three 40-20s going uphill.

Peter Smith’s side found themselves 24-0 ahead after less than 20 minutes gone.

Scott Lofthouse started the rout only two minutes in before wing man O’Neil claimed his first.

Tyrone Dalton and Troy Armstrong then went over before James Davies got the visitors on the scoreboard for the only time in the game.

Kells scored two more tries before the interval, with loose forward Burns touching down before Dominic Wear got in on the action.

The second half continued much like the first with Shaw Cross not being allowed a sniff.

Burns completed his brace on 46 minutes, with O’Neil following suit less than 10 minutes later.

Ross Ainley came off the bench to take Kells’ total to half a century before the hour mark.

In the last 10 minutes, forwards David Lowery and Connor Holliday rubbed salt into the Sharks’ wounds with quick-fire tries, both converted by man-of-the-match Gainford.

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