Scintillating running rugby sees Rockcliff past Sunderland

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.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 11:55 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
Whitley Bay Rockcliff win lineout ball in the win over Sunderland. Picture by Colin Edwards

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.