SUNDERLAND Under-10s produced one of their most fluent displays of the season against a strong Kendal Hornets side in driving rain.
Intense tackling and accurate off-loading kept the Wearsiders in the game as they constantly breached Kendal’s defence.
The Cumbrian youngsters raced ahead with a series of powerful drives into the Sunderland midfield.
Jack Taylor charged his way through the Hornets’ defensive line, laying off to Jack Cahill to reduce the deficit.
The Hornets edged further ahead after moving the ball wide, adding a fourth try before half-time to take the score to 20-5.
Sunderland mounted a spirited comeback in the second half, with Cahill claiming a second try after a series of darting runs from Jason Ashman.
Sam Watson and Adam Williams probed the opposition defence, before Jack Taylor smashed his way through to add a third score for visitors Sunderland.
With the Wearsiders tiring, Kendal added a brace of tries, before Williams finally scored a much deserved fourth for Sunderland, cutting the final deficit to 30-20.
In their second match, an open game played into the hands of Sunderland as they triumphed 45-35 against Upper Eden Valley.
Direct running from Bryson Robinson saw him rack up a four-try tally, as Eden Valley struggled to come to terms with his physicality. Josh Jobling grabbed a hat-trick, adding to tries from Ethan Ellis and Alex Middleton.
Determined tackling from Jobling, Ellis and Tom Howe kept Eden Valley at bay.
H Newcastle Falcons’ front-row forward Rob Vickers gave Sunderland RFC minis coaching tips from the top during a visit to Ashbrooke this week.
The former England Saxons front rower worked with the age groups U7-U11, offering insight into life as a professional, before answering questions posed by the youngsters in between sessions at the ground.