Sunderland RFC put in an impressive performance to defeat Sedgefield Rugby Club 50-21 at Ashbrooke Sports Club on Saturday.
The hosts scored two tries within the first 10 minutes to stun the Sedgefield team, including a sensational solo effort from Sunderland winger Harry Connell.
Connell scored a hat trick of tries in a man of the match performance for the home team.
Sunderland ran in a further four tries before the interval, the most memorable being a well-timed intercepted pass.
Martin Watt’s men came into the match in decent form, winning three out of their last five league games, and their dominance was represented with the crushing half-time scoreline of 38-7.
Sunderland continued where they left off with the first score of the second-half, reasserting their control of proceedings.
Despite the scoreline, Sedgefield showed heart to get back into the match, and a powerful rolling maul was pushed over the line.
Soon after, Sunderland’s lock was put in the sin-bin for an illegal move on the goal line, potentially giving the visiting team a way back into the match.
But the afternoon only got more frustrating for the visitors when a try was disallowed for apparent obstruction between two players. However, they were soon rewarded for their hard work when the fly half bundled the ball in under the posts.
Unfortunately for Sedgefield, the damage had already been done in the first-half, and Sunderland hit the 50 point mark with a try four minutes before full-time to seal the result.
Sunderland’s next league match is against Whitley Bay Rockliff on November 5.