Sunderland 2nds continued their good run of form by seeing off high-flying Newcastle Medicals 25-20.
The medicals were prescribed eighty minutes of ruthless, intimidating rugby by the home side and as a result were defeated for only the second time this season by an impressive Sunderland who thoroughly deserved the win.
Tries from Michael Brace, James Tolley and Sam Jermy secured the win for the Ashbrooke side against their Tyneside visitors.
Despite a nightmare opening ten minutes which saw Sunderland concede two tries, the home side never lost their composure and eventually closed the game out with some expert defending.
Try-scoring utility player Sam Jermy praised his coach after the performance: “We won thanks to our coach Rob, who rightly told us to go and intimidate them. We then set about using our set of moves to grind them down and break the gain-line.”
Medicals had scored a impressive 248 points whilst conceding only 92 in the previous 7 games, underlining what a brilliant result this was for Sunderland.
Jermy was thrilled with the defensive side of things also: “To beat a team like Medicals whilst also shoring up the defence is very satisfying.”
When asked about what proved to be the winning try Jermy said: “I was put at full-back this game so I don’t know why on the earth I marauded up to a ruck in their half.
“But I picked a gap, headed for the line and luckily it paid off and we’ve won again. I don’t care what position or team I play in right now, as long as I’m playing well and getting a full 80 minutes of rugby each match then I’m happy.”
Sunderland 2nds play Blaydon 3rds away next in a friendly match on December 17 and Jermy is confident of a repeat performance, “It’ll be a tough game as they are a national league team with plenty of strength in depth. But we’re on a high and feel like we can give anyone a game at the moment.”
Published on December 5 2011 for Sportsbyte