|Monmouth against NYRC. Jack Heidelberger photo|
Monmouth has already clinched the top Met NY’s top seed for the crossover playoff matches against New England. That cannot change Saturday, no matter the outcome of the New Jersey club’s game against Old Blue, as the Super League’s Old Blue isn’t advancing in the Northeast playoffs.
However, Monmouth wants to finish the fall season as undisputed champions of the Met NY union, and to do so they'll need to knock off undefeated OBNY.
“We’re going after Old Blue. We’re not just going to sit back just because we have a playoff spot,” said Monmouth president Rob Morello. “Old Blue’s a Super League team, they’re a very good squad, but they need to know they’re going to get every bit of what we believe Monmouth has to offer.”
Old Blue wants to win, too, and finish the fall with a perfect record.
“Our pride is such that we want to win and we want to top the table. It’s the game of the season in the fall in New York,” said Old Blue coach Steve Lewis.
“I know their coach very well – Pat Moroney. He’s a fine student of the game. I know they’ll be prepared and they’ll be motivated. So will our guys, actually. It’s been a good fall for us after a disappointing Super League season last year.”
Old Blue entered a team in the MetNY DI competition for a few reasons, none of which were to lose.
“Last year in the fall we had four games. A rugby club is not a rugby club if it’s not playing games,” said Lewis, “so one reason for doing it was to guarantee us games, to build up our bench, and to get people some wins back under their belt and get that confidence again, to boost morale, so it’s been a very successful season in that regard.”
Back on the field for OBNY is Luke Hume, who’s proven to be a dangerous 7s player. In his return last week against New York Rugby Club, Hume score a hat-trick of tries from fullback. He and flyhalf Elliot Retchin, who leads the MetNY in points, will spearhead Old Blue’s attack.
Monmouth also boasts a very good backline, which features the second and third leading scorers in the union – inside center Joe Lucarelli and outside center Eric Daneman.