Sunderland University RFC gathered together a group of 15 players to compete in the social competition at the Morpeth 7s on Sunday May 5th.

After winning two and losing one, Sunderland’s team, “halfbacks and halfwits,” finished second in their group, scoring 12 tries overall.

“It was a great day out and I think we were all quite surprised with our performance,” said Captain Huseyin Yilmaz.

“We scored some well worked tries but it was just unfortunate we didn’t get through our group to play more games.”

“I think this should be a yearly thing the Sunderland Uni rugby team do because I think it’s a perfect way to round off the season together with a bit of fun.”

Sunderland’s first game of the day was at 12:40pm against Ashington and, after going a try down early in the first half, managed to rally themselves and score fives tries to win game 31-5.

Winger Sam Foster-Beattie scored Sunderlands first ever try at the Morpeth 7s with a run from his own 22, beating two players on the outside before dotting down under the posts.

Despite scoring in the opening play of the second game, Sunderland came up against a strong Morpeth Colts side that proved to be too quick for them and ran away with the game four tries to two.

The final group 4 match was against Stag Francais who started the game well but failed to match the pace and physicality of the Sunderland side who won the game 22-7.

The Colts beat Ashington in the final game of the social league to progress, meaning Sunderland narrowly missed out on the quarter finals

“We played well today and easily could’ve got through our group if our defence against the Colts was a bit better,” said Sunderland top try scorer Ben Hodgson.

“We could have done better but it was nice to be top try scorer today to cap off my four years here with the rugby team.”