The men's rugby side suffered a disapointing loss to Sheffield.

The men’s rugby side suffered a disapointing loss to Sheffield.

Sunderland men’s rugby team were dealt a heavy defeat by the travelling Sheffield Hallam on Wednesday.

Sheffield’s number 21 ended the game for Sunderland when he slipped by the home side’s defence down the right wing to score.

Despite the score line, Sunderland put in a strong effort to keep out the opposition.

Their big moment came when full-back Dominic Arkley beat off a Sheffield tackler and ran the ball in from inside Sunderland’s half to get the home side on the score sheet.

Sunderland nearly scored the opening points seven minutes into the game, but social secretary Ben Hodgson’s kick went to just wide of the posts.

But it was not long before Sheffield opened the scoring themselves after they ran the ball in down the left wing in a series of back phases.

And ten minutes later, Sheffield again found themselves under the posts when their number two scored a try following a lineout again down the left wing.

Sheffield  then managed to overturn a Sunderland lineout to score their third try of the game and then took advantage of a penalty to add another to their scoresheet.

In the second half, Sheffield scored a hard fought try through forward phases but not without a strong Sunderland defence on their line.

Sheffield went on to add another three tries to their record but Sunderland made them work for their points.

Sunderland next make the journey to Sheffield Hallam’s neighbours the University of Sheffield on Wednesday 26 October.