SUNDERLAND Under-10s produced a spirited fightback but could not prevent defeat to Westoe.
Missing a host of regulars, the Ashbrooke youngsters won one and lost three in their home clash against the South Tynesiders.
The Spartans started strongly against Westoe firsts, with Bryson Robinson claiming a brace of tries.
Westoe hit back with two tries of their own and a further score from Robinson was cancelled out again by Westoe.
Ethan Ellis bulldozed over for Sunderland, but Westoe fought back and, with the scores tied at 20-20, Sunderland’s defence crumbled as Westoe powered over to claim a 25-20 win.
In their second clash with Westoe seconds, the Spartans rallied, with Robinson constantly being put in space through slick handling by Adam Shiels and Russell Chapman-Smith.
Hard-hitting Jack Taylor powered over the line for a try and led a defensive effort that restricted Westoe to three tries.
With Robinson tormenting the opponents, he helped himself to five tries as the Wearsiders claimed a 30-15 win.
Hit by injuries, the Saracens found the going tougher against Westoe seconds. Josh Jobling led the attack crossing for a score, alongside Adam Williams, but Westoe finished 35-10 winners.
Facing Westoe firsts, Sunderland only had a five-minute spell of control as the South Shields side dominated, but the Ashbrooke youngsters kept fighting and, in a 50-10 defeat, had consolation scores from Jack Cahill and Jobling.
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