Brooklyn came in to the game with a good preseason record behind them so Monmouth knew they had to start strong and score quick. Unfortunately the first 15-20 were scrappy for both teams and Brooklyn made Monmouth pay for some uncharacteristic errors by taking the lead with a well-deserved penalty (0-3). This proved to be the catalyst for an impressive Monmouth performance. The forwards had been working on their rucking skills in practice and it paid off as the pack began to dominate, resulting in a 5m crash play score for the front row. The pack were able to secure and present clean possession for the backs, despite continual off-sides at the break-down. In perfect running rugby conditions the back line overcame the Brooklyn outside rush defense by executed plays and playing smart rugby. They ran in 3 scores before the half including a total team try involving flowing passing throughout many sets of hands (26-3 including 3 conversions). The second half Monmouth displayed total dominance particularly emphasized in the scrum and the breakdown area. The back s continued to grow in confidence as the Brooklyn team appeared to tire under the pressure. Playing free-flowing rugby the Renegades scored 6 tries (2 from the front row), 2 conversions and penalty to leave the final score at 63-3.
Forward of the Game – Julie
Back of the Game – Syble