Youngsters draw comfort from Boro trip

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SUNDERLAND Under-10s picked up two battling draws against Middlesbrough in games where defences came out on top.

After a six-week lay-off, the Ashbrooke youngsters travelled to Teesside looking to repeat an early-season success against Boro.

Jack Cahill lead a series of probing attacks for the Wearsiders, crossing the whitewash after a defence-splitting run, before Boro hit back with an equaliser.

Missed tackles saw the Teessiders snatch a 10-5 lead, before Bryson Robinson snatched a try with a typical barnstorming run to level at 10-10.

Following a high tackle in midfield, Josh Jobling seized the advantage to gallop around five defenders, before crossing in the corner for a 15-10 Sunderland lead.

From the restart, Sunderland switched off, allowing Boro to score, with the match ending in a 15-15 draw.

In the second clash, the Hoops were overwhelmed in a six-try 30-0 loss to Boro, despite tenacious tackling from Ethan Hunter, Ethan Ellis and Jason Ashman.

The final encounter proved an end-to-end contest, with the lead see-sawing between the two sides.

Cahill opened the scoring with a dart to the line, but Boro hit back with two scores to lead 10-5 wih only minutes remaining.

At the death, Cahill stole the ball to score an equaliser to confirm a 10-10 draw.