It’s slow going starting the South DI league season, but no one is complaining – at least there is a season.
Coming off an opening 31-29 loss to New Orleans, the Atlanta Renegades hosted Charlotte in their second league game of the season.
Charlotte had the better of the game early as Atlanta, which hasn’t been able to practice much together, fell off tackles and in general looked sloppy.
But as the game wore on the Renegades started playing more as a unit. They tied the game near halftime and then shut out Charlotte in the second half to win 37-15.
For Head Coach Garry Sullivan it was good to get the bonus point victory, “but our performance was not up to the level we expect it to be.”
The earlier loss to the New Orleans just had to be swallowed, said Sullivan, but seeing as the season is an eight-game, home-and-away series, they have plenty of time to make it up.
“It was tough to lose at home, so we’re going to have to do well on the road now,” Sullivan said.
Leading the way for the Renegades were experience backs Nathan Rogers and Luke Waikamakama. The latter made several impressive breaks, and helped set up Roderigus Caesar for three tries.
Next up for Atlanta is a friendly with Life University, which pummeled Tampa Krewe this weekend.
"We're very happy to have a real league schedule this year," said Sullivan. "There's lots of travel but the guys are up for it."
Next up for the USA Rugby South league, Boca Raton travels to New Orleans.
USA Rugby South DI Club League Schedule
Saturday, October 15, 2011 NOLA @ Renegades
Saturday, November 05, 2011 Charlotte @ Renegades
Saturday, November 12, 2011 Boca @ New Orleans
Saturday, November 19, 2011 NOLA @ Tampa Krewe
Saturday, December 03, 2011 Atlanta Renegades @ Tampa Krewe
Sunday, December 04, 2011 Renegades @ Bocca
Saturday, December 10, 2011 Tampa Krewe @ Boca
Saturday, January 21, 2012 New Orleans at Boca
Saturday, February 04, 2012 Tampa Krewe @ NOLA
Saturday, February 11, 2012 Tampa Krewe @ Renegades
Charlotte @ NOLA
Saturday, February 18, 2012 Charlotte @ Tampa Krewe
Saturday, February 25, 2012 Tampa Krewe @ Charlotte
Saturday, March 03, 2012 NOLA @ Charlotte
Saturday, March 10, 2012 Boca @ Charlotte
Sunday, March 11, 2012 Boca @ Renegades
Saturday, March 24, 2012 Charlotte @ Boca
Renegades @ NOLA
Saturday, March 31, 2012 Boca at Tampa Krewe
Renegades @ Charlotte
Playoffs in April.