Sunderland RFC’s minis and junior teams faced a tough challenge in their games this weekend.

The Under 11s team narrowly lost out to Bishop Auckland, with the opposition able to rotate their players at regular intervals due to their large squad.

Sunderland had two debuts and kept the pressure going, with tries coming from Riley Maitland, Mile Johnson, Alfie Burn and Nathan Riley.

Meanwhile the Sunderland’s U13s drew against Houghton RFC in an entertaining encounter in awful conditions.

In the first half Sunderland raced into a 15-0 lead with tries from Zak Kennedy, Adam Williams and Bryson Robinson. Kennedy crossed for a second, before Houghton’s Sam Cumiskey pulled one back for the hosts.

Cumiskey added three more after half time, while Sunderland extended their lead with scores for Liam Carr and Robinson.

As the game entered its final phases, Houghton fly-half Sam Tudor notched a solo effort from a chip and chase and crossed in the corner to tie the game.

Cumiskey was denied a winner from a try-saving tackle from Kennedy, while Sunderland’s final pressure failed to yield a winning try.

Sunderland U15’s faced defeat against Acklam with a score of 50-12.

Durham also halted Sunderland colts’ winning ways with a win on home turf, winning 50-0.

Sunderland RFC also exited the county cup this weekend after the Crow Tree youngsters dominated all phases of play to progress to the next round. The Sunderland team lost to Blaydon 60-0.