Cramlington Rockets U16s will be testing themselves against the best with an appearance in the BARLA Xamax National Cup this Sunday (14th January).
Travelling to Stanningley for an 13:00 kick off, the Rockets have tested their mettle against a number of sides from the heartlands in recent months, including against Stannginley’s Division 2 rivals, Lock Lane.
Travelling to the Castleford-based club in October, the Rockets returned home with a 38-30 victory, a score made all the more impressive with Lock Lane having topped the Yorkshire Division 2 table last season, pipping this Sunday’s opposition to top spot.
“We are really looking forward to this match, our first of the season” said coach, Jordan Robinson.
“Stanningley are a good side as they showed last season and we are expecting a tough battle.
It is important we take these types of opportunities and give our players a platform to test themselves against the best in the country.
There is a lot of talent in the North East and at the Rockets, as proven by having two players in the England Youth squad last year.
Our ambition for 2018 is to increase that number.”
With victory over Division 3 side Wibsey Warriors another highlight of a season that saw the Rockets secure the domestic treble and the Jean Galia Cup on tour in Perpignan, their only defeat of 2017 was in fact against Division 1 side, Hull Wyke, a match that finished a respectable 40-18 to Hull.
Victory on Sunday and progression to the next round will mean that once again, the eyes of rugby league will have another reason to look to the North East as it continues to fulfil its potential.
For those travelling on the coach to Stanningley, the coach leaves Cramlington Sporting Club at 9am and will be £5 per person.
Updated 17:00 - 10 Jan 2018 by Jeff Ball