Rugby: Ashbrooke Colts in great form to outgun Rockcliff

Sunderland Under-18 Colts kept their 100% record alive with a thrilling 41-19 success at Whitley Bay Rockcliff.

Thursday, 28th September 2017, 2:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 2:56 pm
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The wet ball played havoc early on, but Sunderland broke the deadlock with a exquisite chip and chase from Dean Edmundson to score under the posts, with Michael Holder converting.

Edmundson was close to a second score in the corner, following Ben Hutchinson’s excellent chip, before Holder’s penalty extended the lead to 10-0.

Rockcliff rallied with two tries, one converted, to lead 12-10, but the Ashbrooke youngsters hit back with a lovely move as Fletcher Jackson burst through and handed off to Farai Chickumbrike to score under the post, with Holder converting.

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Jackson struck in the second half, after good work from Brad Wall and Edmundson, with Holder’s conversion making it 24-12.

Holder’s try made it a 17-point game, but Rockcliff responded with a converted try to trail 29-19.

Chickumbrike, though, kept Sunderland well on top, following a well-timed pass from Edmundson. A fantastic drive from the forwards resulted in another brilliant score, with Edmundson jinking through and Holder converting to complete the scoring.

Reece Thompson, Luke Carroll and Brad Lindsay all shone.