Team Sunderland lost to Durham University 33-40 in tightly contested Men’s Rugby bout.

In the first half both sides exchanged two tries each as Durham lead going into half time due to Sunderland only converting two.

After a yellow card put Durham a man down Sunderland took the lead with just 10 minutes to go however, Durham managed to bounce back getting two tries late on into the match to snatch the victory from Sunderland’s hands.

Following a good spell in the opening exchanges of the game, Durham opened the scoring as their 15 got onto the end of a splitting pass by the fly-half and he ran from beyond the half way line to score under the posts.

Sunderland quickly fired when after playing through a few smart phases, winger Dickinson crashed over and a marvellous conversion from captain Sanderson would tie the game 7-7.

After both sides exchanged tries again, Sunderland’s unconverted, the match began to fall into a period of handling errors, which eliminated the flow the game previously had. Add to this a mini-fracas between both teams and the first half came to an end Durham 14 Sunderland 12.

Into the second period and after an early flurry of scrums, Sunderland began to apply pressure where after receiving a penalty five metres out, number eight Blackburn would continue his dominating performance by taking a quick tap to score and take the lead, Sanderson would convert leaving the score 19-14.

Durham got a couple tries back to put them 26-19 in front before a yellow card allowed Sunderland a chance to get back into the game which they did scoring twice with flanker Kitching getting the second.

The visitors salvaged some energy late on getting a try against the run of play before their left winger found himself in acres of space and he finished nearly in the corner to seal a win for the visitors.