Sunderland 7 Morpeth 69
Durham and Northumberland, Division One
Morpeth travelled to Sunderland to record a high-scoring, bonus-point victory to maintain the pressure at the top of the league.
The visit to Ashbrooke saw a firm pitch with a very gusty wind, but this didn’t prevent a Morpeth side running riot against what has to be said was poor opposition.
Yet, the start of the match was significant, particularly for débutant teenage full-back, Adrian Jonas, who with his first two touches of the ball had scored two tries within the first five minutes, both of which extensively featured another teenager in back-rower Denton.
Successful conversions by Kieran Brown made it 14-0 to a rampant Morpeth.
The game took a further turn when Sunderland hit back with a try of their own – they rumbled over from an attacking line-out. An excellent conversion was to follow, albeit that was last score of the game for the hosts.
Most of Morpeth’s scores came from distance and it was another youngster, Brown, who then joined the party when he raced over for two tries, both of which showed pace and skill.
Then from an attacking scrum, Karl Campbell, always prominent in the loose, crashed over to make it 33-7 to Morpeth at half-time.
The try festival continued in the second half.
Turner rounded off another good move, while Defty, Lakey and Thornton all crossed for further scores, with a number of kickers achieving a variety of success when they took on conversion opportunities.
Winger Turner added a further try with an interception, before Rogers finished off yet another move to end the rout against the spirited Wearside outfit.