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

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

The University of Sunderland men’s 1sts were a dealt a defeat in their latest outing at Bradford University on Wednesday.

Vice president Lewis Baker cites team fitness and lack of substitutes as a factor in the team’s defeat but praises the team effort despite the odds.

“A lot of our boys were unwell and we did not have any substitutes, however everyone put a cracking effort in and we really came together,” he said.

The home side took the lead early on in the game and were a dangerous attacking force going forward.

Their backs were well drilled but seemed afraid of utilising forward plays.

Fitness played a crucial role in Sunderland’s defeat as Bradford had an advantage in that respect.

“Fitness is the biggest issue for a lot of the boys and if we could get that sorted we could do much better,” Baker added.

Despite the setback however, Baker is confident that Sunderland can do better in their next game.

“It is a home game and we normally get a much bigger, better squad out.”

Sunderland next face University of Liverpool men’s 3rds at Sunderland’s home ground of Ashbrooke Sports Club on November 9.