SUNDERLAND Under-13s produced a battling performance to come from behind to outgun Carlisle 38-15 at Ashbrooke.
From the off, the Wearsiders applied the pressure, but an unfortunate knock-on led to the ref playing advantage allowing Carlisle to make a break.
Despite a valiant last-ditch tackle by Farai Chikumbirike, the Cumbrians went on to score, but failed to convert.
A scrummage soon after ensued and the Sunderland forwards were dominant, keeping much-needed pressure on Carlisle.
Reece Thompson and Bradley Wall then combined well to allow Thompson to force the ball over the line. Dean Edmundson converted to put Sunderland 7-5 up.
Carlisle, though, regained the lead when their winger picked up the loose ball and flew down the wing to score.
In the second half, the visitors applied more pressure and pushed forward to sneak over the line with a third unconverted try.
Sunderland got their act together when Edmundson got the ball out to Thompson, who offloaded to Hutchinson, and he managed to make a good 15 yards and passed to James Usher, who touched down.
In the next attack, Edmundson offloaded to Matty Sanderson, who got the ball out to Devrim Koca, and he drove over the line to secure a 17-15 advantage.
Tye Hanlon battled through Carlisle’s defence to allow Edmundson to surge forward 30 yards and place the ball to the left of the posts. Edmundson’s conversion put Sunderland nine points ahead.
Usher then fed Edmundson, who ran forward and chipped the ball 30 yards over the top of Carlisle’s defence.
Edmundson used his pace to ground the ball and score, which he also converted.
Late on, Usher ran almost half the pitch to touch down under the posts for the final converted try.