The Christmas break presents a chance for teams to take a break from the game and regain strength ready for the New Year.
It’s fair to say that Sunderland RFC have earned their break from the game.
An outstanding display against Bishop Auckland in their last match means that the Wearsiders find themselves occupying the fifth place spot entering the Christmas break, with the potential to go higher.
Confidence is high within the group, with four wins from their last five matches, and they will certainly be hopeful of winning again at the weekend when they face bottom of the table Seaton Carew.
The County Durham side have been poor so far this season, failing to win any of their 14 games, and could struggle against a strong and fearless Sunderland side.
Outside center Scott Hughes believes the team is in a commanding position heading into the Christmas break: “The team has done really well so far this season and are playing to a really high standard at the moment.”
“I think we’ll be able to continue [our form] going into the New Year. The boys are dedicated and I trust them to be putting the work in over Christmas just as I will be.”
Hughes highlighted the success of the team being largely down to their solid defence.
“Our organisation in defense is something that our coaches see as important to winning. It’s one of the cornerstones of how we play.”
The break has perhaps come at the wrong time for Sunderland, who would be keen to continue playing through this faultless run they find themselves on.
Nevertheless, the rest will make the squad fresher than ever, and ready to combat the business end of the season.
Sunderland’s first match in the New Year will be away at Redcar on January 7.