The Renegades put in three tries early in the game and cruised to a 38-22 defeat of the Cincinnati Wolfhounds in DI Club Competitive Region 3 action Saturday.
Playing in Atlanta, the Renegades did enough to move on to the national Round of 16 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Gades missed an opportunity to score on a break down the sidelines by wing Rod Ceasar in the 2nd minute, but still capitalized after a following scrum when outside center Luke Waikamakama grubbed the ball through the defense, picked up by flanker Brent Vickers for the try. Flyhalf and coach Garry Sullivan converted for a 7-0 lead. The Renegades added tries at eight minutes by Ceasar, converted by Sullivan, and at 12 minutes by inside center Quincey Knuckolls, to extend their lead to 19-0.
The Wolfhounds got on the board 18 minutes in, with flanker Lemeki Betomakita picking up second phase ball from a ruck after a Wolfhounds lineout at the 22 meter line, unconverted to make it 19-5. The Renegades responded 8 minutes later, with Waikamakama feeding Ceasar at midfield, who chip kicked ahead at 15 meters and out jumped a crowd in the try zone to bring down the ball, which he centered for a try, converted by Sullivan. The Wolfhounds closed out the first half scoring, sending third phase ball from 5 meters out wide on for a try by wing Aaron King with 5 minutes left in the half to narrow the score to 26-10, and the half ended with the Renegades defending their line and Wolfhounds threatening.
Cincinnati started the second half strong, missing a long penalty kick attempt after a Renegades obstruction on the opening kickoff but still keeping play in the Gades defensive end of the field, and were rewarded 10 minutes in with a try by scrumhalf Kleinhenz on second phase from 5 meter scrum in front of the posts, converted by outside center Ryan Frentzel to make it 26-17, but that was as close as the Wolfhounds would get. At 26 minutes into the half, Ceasar picked up a ball that popped out of a ruck at midfield and went 50 meters untouched for the try, and Knuckolls added a try 7 minutes later, both converted by Sullivan to extend the Renegades lead to 38-17. Wolfhounds continued to battle and added a late try by substitute prop Tim Ryan to close out the scoring, unconverted for the 38-22 final score.
Player-coach Sullivan commented that he “was pleased that the boys came out with intensity from the opening whistle, which made all the difference in the match as Cincinnati never let down, and battled tough to the end of the match.”