Sunderland Rugby Football Club’s under 10 team enjoy playing host to festival

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Sunderland Rugby Football Club’s under 10 team played host to a rugby festival with 12 clubs attending.

The home team won two of their matches, beating Middlesbrough 20-0 and Acklam 20-10.

They just missed out to a win against Barnard Castle, with a full time score of 15-10.

Try scorers included Daniel Batters, Will Elwell, Brett Hutchinson and Owen Jackson.

Meanwhile, Sunderland Colts enjoyed awin against Houghton RFC

Houghton dominated possession for long periods but by half time the Ashbrooke side were ahead 5-0 after a try from Mark Tallentire.

It was a tremendous second half shift which led the team to victory.

Prop Jack Hadlington had extended the lead to 10-0 when, with both teams down to 14 following a disagreement on halfway, the home side launched wave after wave of attack just five metres from the line.

Houghton finally managed to breakthrough with 15 minutes left when their centre partners combined for an easy score under the posts.

However, the visitors were determined not to let the lead slip and scored an excellent backs try from inside their own 22, Matty Hodgson out-sprinting everyone on the left wing for an unconverted score and a 15-7 lead.

There was still time for Clayton Walker to add a fourth at the base of the post, converted this time by Joe Hodgson, before the referee blew the whistle.

Over the weekend the club’s under 12’s faced a tough challenge.

The first match against Westoe saw debutant Joe Lawson scoring a try in his first game of rugby.

All was not lost heading into the second match as they faced Middlesborough-based Acklam.

The under 12s won 30-5, with double tries from Kai Frame and Alexander Lamb.

Joe Lawson and Jonny Robins also scored tries giving the team their first victory of the festival.

Their third match against Redcar was another close call - they lost 20-10 despite tries from Kyle Pearson and Andrew Harrington.

A depleted Sunderland under 13’s lost their encounter away to Darlington Mowden Park at the weekend.

Despite an entertaining and high scoring match, the team came away with a 45-40 defeat.

Debutant Liam Carr bagged a brace, while Bryson Robinson and Zak Kennedy scored two tries each.

David Matloch and James Marshall scored tries - one apiece respectively.

The U12’s and U18 women got the opportunity to be Guard of Honour at the weekend.

Both teams travelled to Kingston Park for the Premiership Rugby game between Newcastle Falcons and Bristol Rugby.

Before the kick off players from the Flames, Sparks and the mini and junior teams stood in two lines in bright yellow Aviva t-Shirts and wave flags whilst both sets of players ran on to the pitch for the first time.

Paul Geehan, the club’s chairman and coach: “The girls had a grest day learning off the professionals and all were really excited about being flag bearers.

“The Falcons Community spirit is fantastic and we are delighted that we are part of that.

“Speaking to Sparks they said it was great and hopefully would like to be at that level when they get older.”

Most of the players also took the opportunity to get their t-shirts signed by some of the players.