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For the first time in club history, Monmouth saw all three of its sides win on the weekend. The DII and DIII men swept league rival Morris, and the women's team scored a remarkable win, convincingly beating Boston, a final four team last year, 43-21. The Renegades netted four tries with three of them coming from Captain Diana Valencia. Scrumhalf Kelly Rafferty had a try and four conversions to give Monmouth the win.
“We really wanted this,” said Valencia. “We really wanted this for our fans, and it helped build our confidence going forward that we are capable of beating anyone.”
The DII Men’s team continued its dominance of Empire teams with a 50-14 victory over Morris. The Monmouth forwards imposed their will on the game by dominating the set piece. The team put in two mauling tries and got multiple scores from Chris Duffy and Chris Ciraolo.
Monmouth, 2-0 this season, is undefeated in league play since the end of the 2012 fall campaign. The Renegades contribute its league success to its continuity and sustainability.
“Pat Moroney, who is one of the best coaches in the Northeast, has been coaching us for the last six seasons. We have dealt with little roster turnover and have been working with the same core group of guys for the last several seasons,” retired scrumhalf and club trustee Rob Morello told Rugby Today.
Driving Monmouth’s continuity is its player development plan. New players out of high school or college get placed into their developmental pipeline.
“This way everybody is taught to play rugby in the same system. By the time a player has sufficiently developed they have been playing in the system for two or three years,” Morello added.
Practices are very spirited and consist of 40-50 players. Morello indicated that, “This enables each and every player to get better at every practice session.”
Monmouth is hoping to get back to the DII Men’s final 16 and beyond this season. The Renegades lost to final four participants New Haven in last year's round of 16.
The Renegades DIII side won 38-27 over the newly formed Morris DIII side to complete the weekend sweep.