Highs and lows in Yarm Festival trip

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SUNDERLAND and Houghton Under-10s both had a day of mixed fortunes in their tournament at the Yarm Festival.

The All Blacks triumphed 20-0 against Yarm, with Bryson Robinson grabbing a hat-trick. Adam Williams also got on the scoresheet.

The Hoops were slow out of the blocks against a rampant Houghton, succumbing 40-0 to an impressive Dairy Lane side.

Houghton then asserted their authority over Yarm, wrapping up a hard-fought 25-15 victory.

Houghton then faced the All Blacks, whose iron curtain defence kept them at bay, while direct attacking secured a 20-0 win for the Ashbrooke youngsters.

Russell Chapman-Smith, Sam Watson, Robinson and Josh Jobling, with a sublime pick up and run, led the scoring.

In their final outing, the Hoops tackled to a standstill a buoyant Yarm.

Josh Rose spearheaded the tackle count, while Joe Calvert produced a barn-storming run out of defence, but the Sunderland side eventually went down 25-0 to their hosts.

In the Houghton ranks, Josh B impressed with good running, with Jack R pulling the strings in and around the scrum, and Joe S producing speed and vision.

There was also strong running from Tom H, and brothers Ben and Sam P.

 Sunderland Under-11s were unbeaten against Yarm and Houghton in a three-way tie on Teesside.

The Wearsiders kicked off with a hard-fought 10-10 draw against hosts Yarm, with Oliver Goshorn and Dan Dankin crossing the line for tries.

In their second outing, Sunderland and Houghton, shared the honours in a 20-20 draw.

Goshorn claimed a brace, with Donkin and Joe Cowie adding to the scoresheet.

Finally, Sunderland edged out Yarm 30-25, with Goshorn, Donkin and Rowan May among the try scorers.