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University of Sunderland men’s rugby fell to defeat against unbeaten Huddersfield on Wednesday.

This was the reverse fixture for the two sides and the last time they met Huddersfield came away with a 71-8 score line.

But this time, Huddersfield would not find it so easy as they battled Sunderland to 48-19 score line.

And vice president Lewis Baker agreed that Sunderland were vastly improved from the away fixture.

“We weren’t at 100 per cent at the away game and only had one sub,” he said. “In this game we showed that we are getting there and that we can do it.”

The away side were in the lead going into the second half but three tries from Ben Blackburn and Hugo Fairlie put them on the back foot.

However, a loss of organisation in defence was Sunderland’s undoing as Huddersfield exploited the overlaps and gaps in defence.

But Baker believes that Sunderland can still take some pride out of the game.

“At first I lost hope in the lads but in the second half we showed true will and that we did have the stuff to win. Unfortunately we just couldn’t do it,” said Baker.

“I think there was a lot of positives for us to build on as a team and we can get there.”

Sunderland will next play Sheffield Hallam where they will be out for revenge against the team that beat them 43-7 at home.