Sunderland rugby club torn to shreds by Alnwick

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SUNDERLAND took another hammering on Saturday as a classy Alnwick backline tore them to shreds, scoring ten tries in the process.

Forced to field a much-changed backline after losing Tom Townend, Greg Littlewood and Ian Dobson, it was always going to be a difficult day but sloppy defence didn’t help their cause with 16 missed tackles in the first half alone.

Alnwick got off to a flying start with two early tries scored through their backline giving them an early 12-0 lead.

Sunderland fought back to come into the game and when Martin Watt added to his season’s try tally Sunderland were confident of getting themselves back into the game.

Alnwick, however, had other ideas and two more tries gave them a half-time lead of 26-7.

It didn’t get any better for Sunderland in the second half as Alnwick ran in a further six tries, all converted to run out winners by 68-7.

Sunderland will be hoping for the return of some of the missing players and a better display against league strugglers Wallsend next week.

Sunderland thirds fared a little better as they overcame Washington 17-14 with tries from Collins, Swann and Wallace with John Grainger adding one conversion.

H Durham City were outgunned 41-6 at Northern in North One East, while Seaham, in Durham and Northumberland Division Three, went down 56-6 at title-chasing North Shields.