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Carlisle U14’s were away at Sunderland last Sunday and in a physical game won 39–19.
For most of the first 20 minutes Sunderland had the visitors pegged back in their own half, with some determined driving, but some poor handling and knock-ons preventing them from capitalising on their advantage.
Just after 20 minutes Carlisle had a penalty awarded and rather than kick, they decide to run the ball, which lead to Prop Max Graham having a strong run down the right to open the scoring.
Struan Kyle converted from out wide. Shortly after full back Charlie Pearson was passed the ball from the scrum and ran out wide onto the right wing, to off load to Scott Watson who powered his way over for Carlisle’s second. The conversion was missed.
Carlisle continued to dominate during the middle phase of the game and a kick and run through from Fly half Kyle saw him pick up the ball and carry over for the away team’s third try. This was not converted. 17 – 0.
Sunderland then started to come back into the game and broke through Carlisle’s defence to run in their first try, which was converted.
Carlisle replied with a try from Winger Marc Gallimore, but the home team once again responded with another converted try and a few minutes later some poor tackling by Carlisle was punished with another Sunderland try, to tighten the score to 22- 19 to the visitors.
The final phase of the game saw Carlisle start to take control again, with 3 more tries from a strong solo run from winger Aaron Newton, Centre Josh Heap and Kyle again picking up a kick through. Kyle also converted one of those tries.
Final score 39-19.
Good result for Carlisle with a determined performance by the whole team, whose fitness paid dividends in the final part of the game.
Carlisle scores by:
Tries: Max Graham 1, Scott Watson 1, Struan Kyle 2, Marc Gallimore 1, Aaron Newton 1, Josh Heap 1
Cons: Struan Kyle 2
Date: 25th March 2012
Kick off time: 11.00am
Match: Sunderland RFC v Carlisle
Won / drawn / lost: Won
Result: 39 v 19
Report sent in by: G Telford