Sunderland’s sloppy start proved costly as they succumbed to a third straight defeat in Durham/Northumberland Division Two on Saturday. 31-17 at Richmondshire.
The home club’s pressure told as they built a comfortable lead.
The Yorkshire side were 17-5 in front at the break, with Sunderland’s only points coming from number 8 Luke Robinson, who scored a pushover scrum.
The introduction of player-coach Martin Watt into the back row at half-time saw Sunderland pull their game together, with more shape and better continuity.
Scrum-half Brad Fish finished a set play out wide for the Ashbrooke side’s second try, before Watt completed Sunderland’s scoring for the day as he finished wide left after some good phases of play.
Richmondshire, however, were not done and further…
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