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The Atlanta Renegades rode a dominating first half performance to a 50-25 win over local arch-rivals, Atlanta Old White, in Silverbacks stadium Saturday, Nov. 20. The Renegades opened scoring five minutes into the match with their forwards driving from a 10-meter lineout before No. 8 Colin Hubbard touched down the try.  

The Renegades added a second try in the 13th minute on a break off a quick-tap penalty from flyhalf Garry Sullivan, and Justin Germany converted. Just five minutes later, wing Chase Brantley took a wide pass from prop Geoff Clott 30 meters to go up 19-0.

Old White answered with a penalty kick to make it 19-3 midway through the half, but the Renegades poured in three more tries before intermission. The first of which came off a thundering run in traffic by prop Matt Wade, the second was scored by hooker Will Lord, scoring after a long Renegades kick and chase resulted in a 10 meter lineout, and the third was dotted down by scrumhalf Jim Kawa, putting the ‘Gades up 36-3 near the 30-minute mark.

Old White did manage to get some momentum in the first half, scoring a forwards try to make it 36-8 shortly before the break.

The Renegades looked to start the second half like the first when flanker Brent Vickers broke through the Old White defense for a 40-meter try, converted by Germany, to increase the score to 43-8.

However, an apparent lack of discipline continued to hurt the ‘Gades, with repeated infringements at the breakdown being whistled as the half progressed, and Old White took advantage of the opportunities to put points on the board, first with a converted flanker Cathal Doyle try from five meters out to make it 43-15.

The Renegades responded shortly after when Luke Waikamakama made a long break through the Old White defense before offloading to replacement hooker John Bellus at the line for the try, converted by Germany, making 50-15 in favor of the ‘Gades. Old White added two unconverted tries to make the final score 50-25.

Renegades head coach Rod Seddon said he was pleased that the Renegades came out ready to play hard from the opening whistle but, “Was unhappy with our second half defense and lack of discipline. We have to learn to adjust to how a match is being called because we simply can’t concede repeated penalties to a good opponent.”