Scintillating running rugby sees Rockcliff past Sunderland

Whitley Bay Rockcliff win lineout ball in the win over Sunderland. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Bay Rockcliff win lineout ball in the win over Sunderland. Picture by Colin Edwards

Rockcliff kept up their outside chance of promotion from​ ​​Durham and Northumberland Division 2 with ​a win at​ ​Sunderland, but they could​ not​ add the fourth try to gain the​ vital bonus point.

The home side were first on the score​ sheet, scoring their ​opening try after only five minutes.

This​ woke a lethargic Rockcliff up, and they responded with some​ scintillating running rugby a​s they ran in​ three unanswered tries from​ Chris Waddell, Kai Downey and Stu Thompson. Andrew​ Webster converted one try and added a penalty.

A late rally​ by Sunderland led to two tries which put the pressure on the​ Red and Golds, but the Rockcliff defence held on to close​ the game out, despite losing Sam Stirling to the sin bin.

​On Saturday Rockcliff are in league action again, at home to​ Seaton Carew.