SUNDERLAND University Spartans’ fairytale season ended last weekend with a 38-0 play-off defeat away to Brighton Tsunami.
Playing for a place in the national championship quarter-finals, Spartans found themselves outnumbered and outsized against a dominant Brighton team in blazing heat.
Brighton used their speed and size advantage to race to a 17-0 lead early in the first quarter, with Sunderland unable to mount any offence under new quarterback Nick Whitehead.
Spartans’ defence rallied in the second with some strong tackling from Alex Woodhouse and an interception from Johnny Frayne kept the score competitive.
Running back Naheed Khan impressed with a series of strong runs to the outside of the home defence. however the Spartans could not get on the scoresheet.
Head Coach Mark Wright said: “It was always going to be a tough game – they had over 70 players, most of which were much bigger than our guys.
“Still, I am incredibly proud of how our 30 guys game down and kept going right until the end. It has been a fantastic season and the foundations are there to build on for next year”