YOUNG rugby league players have been trying their hand at the sport in a regional competition.
More than 50 school teams from the region took part in the Year 7 and 9 Tyne and Wear finals in a knockout tournament held at South Shields Community College.
The rugby itself was of an exceptionally high standard with all teams competing aggressively for the chance to face the Durham champions in the next round.
In the Year 9 competition it was the impressive Whitley Bay High School who took the honours.
A few days later, it was the Year 8 and 10s turn to compete.
The Year 8 competition saw Kenton School overcome Joseph Swann in a thrilling semi-final to then face the much fancied Burnside in the final.
Kenton started off quickly but Burnside showed deft handling skills that defied their physical approach, winning by six tries to three.
Whitley Bay High, who impressed in the earlier rounds of the tournament, were once again the team to beat in Year 10, coming up against the ever improving Astley High School in the final.
Despite a stunning try from Astley’s Jordan Yoemans and a spirited performance from player of the tournament Jack Williams, Whitley Bay sneaked the victory by two tries to one.