Whitby RUFC suffer heavy defeat at home to strong Sunderland side

Whitby RUFC hosted promotion-chasing Sunderland in Durham Northumberland Two on Saturday in the hope of gaining an important win early on in the season.

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 1:11 pm
Whitby RUFC in action

Whitby started playing downhill and with the wind, however it was Sunderland who made the first strike, crossing in the corner to make the score 5-0.

Hosts Whitby came back strongly, using a solid set-piece and good ball retention to put scrum-half Connor Livermore over in the corner to tie the scores at 5-5.

Whitby continued strongly with Callum Smith crossing soon after to put Whitby in the lead 10-5.

reacted well however and crossed twice in quick succession to put the score to 17-10 at half-time.

Whitby turned around in the second half hoping to get back in the lead very quickly.

Unfortunately, they endured a horrendous opening 20 minutes in which everything that could go wrong, did go wrong with Sunderland to their credit taking every single chance presented to them.

Whitby struggled to regain a foothold in the match and quickly Sunderland extended their lead to leave the final score 66-10.

The beaten Maroons will hope to get back on track when they host Ashington this weekend.

Match sponsor: A C Building & Property Maintenance.