Farai on fire to sink Bishop

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Sunderland Under-13s were made to work hard for a narrow, but entertaining 21-17 success at blustery Bishop Auckland.

The lads got off to a perfect start after a quick ball from Tye Hanlon found its way to Farai Chickumbrike, whose pace took him under the posts for a brilliant try, converted by Dean Edmundson.

Sunderland looked sharp and they went 14-0 ahead with another scintillating run from Chickumbrike after a good break from Fletcher Jackson, with Edmundson again converting.

Bishop responded and looked to have scored, but excellent defending from Sunderland kept them at bay.

Hanlon gained ground with a surge upfield, but the hosts won the ball back and a excellent individual try was scored by their full-back to cut the deficit to seven points at half-time.

The second half started with a third Sunderland try.

Jackson showed great determination to go through a number of tackles and stretch his arm out to reach over the try line, with Ben Hutchinson adding the conversion.

Bishop fought back again though and their full-back’s second try got them within nine points at 21-12.

They almost scored again, but a great tackle from Bradley Lindsay took their winger into touch.

A good move started by Chickumbrike, who found Edmundson, who went on a run and sent a kick through. Edmundson chased the ball over the line, but couldn’t quite get the final touch.

Bishop replied yet again when a Sunderland line-out backfired and they scored a great try in the corner, setting up a tense finish, but the visitors held their nerve.