The men's rugby side were up against a team three divisions above them in the BUCS league.

The men’s rugby side were up against a team three divisions above them in the BUCS league.

Sunderland men’s rugby side couldn’t prevent York St John taking the points having lost 53-17 in the Clash of the Minsters tie on Wednesday.

The home side fought hard in the early exchanges at Ashbrooke but couldn’t maintain their performance as York’s impressive team dominated the majority of play.

York St John were the first to score when their number 11 broke away down the left wing and the Sunderland defence could not catch up to his pace.

But the home side did not let that bother them and ten minutes later they managed to score after a scrum and former skipper Daniel Gray was pushed over the line in a forwards phase.

York scored their second try soon after through number 14 after a soft tackling down the centre, but that was not the end of Sunderland’s woes as the visitors managed to break away down the left wing to score another try.

They added two more before half time, both coming down the right wing four minutes apart of each other, as Sunderland’s heads began to drop. Despite a positive start, the home side looked down and out after the opposition added to their score early in the second half.

However, the home side found some fortune through Ben Blackburn after a successful line-out, and the Sunderland man beat the York defence to score.

York St John rounded off the scoring in the 75th minute when they broke forward down the centre of the pitch, out muscling the Sunderland defence to score. The hosts clawed back another try through Blackburn in the last play of the game following a successful line out, but the damage had already been done by the side who play three leagues above the Sunderland team.

Sunderland men will be looking to get back to winning ways when their BUCS campaign begins against Huddersfield firsts on October 12.