Sunderland’s rugby youngsters were overwhelmed at the weekend with a defeat against Blaydon Colts.
The Ashbrooke lads did not give up, but the opposition were stronger in all departments.
All 7 of Sunderland’s points came from Joe Hodgson who converted his own interception try after 20 minutes.
However it was a victory for the Sunderland U13s, who beat Bishop Auckland 35-20.
Sunderland’s defence was tenacious, while their relentless attacking saw them overcome a well drilled Bishop side.
Wing Liam Carr’s powerful running netted a hat-trick either side of half time.
Centre Zak Kennedy bagged a brace, rounding the Bishop defence supported by powerful centre partner Adam Williams.
Marshalled up front by Bryson Robinson and David Matlock, the Sunderland pack, featuring debutant James Docherty, had the upper hand and after James Marshall’s darting score, rounded off a last minute drive upfield with a score for Robinson.
The Sunderland U7 minis side now remain unbeaten all season so far after winning 3 games on Saturday at the Darlington Mowden Park festival.
Tom Lewis was player of festival for sublime passing to players in space.
Aaron Mackie supported and scored all day.
Charlie Redmond continues on his rich vein of form.
Sam Oxberry made some bursting runs and improved on his tag count per game, as well as this Jack Frazer was on fire scoring a hat trick of tries in the final half of the final match.
It was a superb team performance applauded by opposition coaches and parents.
As well as this, this week England and Newcastle Falcons’ prop David Wilson led a coaches training session at Ashbrooke.
Dozens of coaches and players learnt the dark arts of scrummaging from the South Shields born player at the event which was organised by Durham County RFU and Sunderland RFC.