Swinton Lions comfortably progressed into the 5th round of the Coral Challenge Cup after thrashing amateur club Leigh Miners Rangers 56-0 at Heywood Road on Saturday. 

A Lions win never looked in doubt as they scored 5 tries in both halves including an individual standout performance from winger Mike Butt who scored four tries and looked dangerous throughout.

From early on the game looked like it was only going one way and it only took the hosts 2 minutes to get the games opening try through Mike Butt.

Swinton went on to control the first half, adding four more tries as Sam Grant finished off a lovely move, Mitch Cox also got himself a try and Mike Butt completed a first half hat-trick.

Swinton Lions. Image credit cc: Emily J Parker

Leigh rarely threatened Swinton in the first half but in the rare moments they did, Swinton’s defensive line was well organised and physically strong.

In the second-half Swinton were as professional and relentless as the first. It did take them longer to get going but when they did they were in cruise control, converting another 5 tries.

The second-half tries came from Will Hope twice, Frankie Halton, Butt with his fourth try, Richard Lepori scored twice and his second try came in the 80th minute to round off a resounding victory for Swinton.

Although they were up against significantly weaker opposition, Head Coach Stuart Littler will be happy with how his side responded from the previous weekend’s disappointing defeat away to Batley Bulldogs and the ruthless way that they washed Leigh away.

Last nights 5th round Challenge Cup draw saw Swinton get drawn away to fellow Betfred Championship side Widnes Vikings who also progressed easily, beating Oldham 52-12 at home on Sunday.

The tie will be played on the weekend of the 14th-15th of March and the winners will progress to the quarter finals as the competition reaches the business end.

Swinton are at home again next weekend as they host Leigh Centurions on Sunday and it’s live to watch on the Our League app.

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