Rugby: Ashbrooke Colts in great form to outgun Rockcliff

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

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.

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.