Renegades win 10s Tournament
Two wins enough for Renegades
The Renegades finished up top of the table after 2 wins and 1 loss in the second installment of the Bermuda 10-a-side tournament.
The first game was much the same as last week with Renegades making a slow start and finding themselves 2 tries down against a strong Teachers side. The Teachers back line were combining well and looked like it could be a tough day at the office for the Renegades. Under pressure in defense, PK Skips showed some great vision and awareness and went for an adventurous 22 drop out. Unfortunately the execution was not quite there and PK booted the ball halfway to Dockyard, but this seemed to inspire a comeback from the Renegades. Other than his kicking, Skips was in a rich vein form, obviously inspired by making his first ever tackle last week. There is a rumour that he actually had to wash his shirt for a second week in a row. Following a great turnover from The Original Top Try Scorer, Skips spotted a gap in the defense and ran in a try from 50m. Straight from the kick off, Delboy put in a perfectly timed tackle to force the knock on, which led a second Renegades try in the space of two minutes as Des Nash scored in the corner. But the comeback ended there and the Teachers continued their dominance scoring another try to keep them ahead. The frustration got to Frank the Tank, who got into a little scrap with his opposite number. Seeing his manager in trouble, Geoffrey from Rainbow took the opportunity to get himself a good rating at his next appraisal and got his manager out of trouble. A late break from Chocolate Brownie gave the Renegades hope, but a deliberate knock on from the Teachers centre prevented the try. This earned him a yellow card, and Tony Fiji went for the quick tap penalty. Unfortunately the rest of the team couldn't keep up with the Fijian Magic and the game ended 19-12.
The Police were next up for Renegades and Delboy repeated his performance from the previous game, putting in a textbook tackle from the kick off. But the backline were sleeping and the Police fly half strolled through the middle of them all to score under the posts. PK Skips almost scored in the corner, but was called back for a forward pass. Inspired by his pregame cigarette, Delboy was causing damage in the Police defense, choosing to run into his former teammates instead of the big gaps that we're opening up in front of him. Although this tactic was successful, it took its toll on his ankle and he was forced to hobble off and join the injured players drinking beer on the sideline. The Police threatened the Renegades line just before half time after PK Skips opted not to increase his all time tackle count to 2, but Champagne Charlie tracked back to make a last ditch cover tackle in the corner. The half time team talk from stand in coach Jose Mauricio was clearly inspiring, as the Renegades finally woke up in the second half. In a move straight off the training ground, Champagne Charlie threw the ball on the floor in the middle of the pitch allowing Frank the Tank to pick it up and run through the middle of the confused defensive line. Geoffrey latched on to the end of one Bennett's trademark shit grubber kicks to score a late try and make the win safe.
The last fixture of the day was against Mariners and, after a quick game of Countdown, Renegades realized that a bonus point win was needed for us to win the tournament. The Mariners were looking tired and Renegades took full advantage, with Jonny Cockout spearheading the attack from scrum half. The Renegades got the bonus point with tries from Des Nash (2), Tommy Denton and Harvey Weinstein.
With the tournament won, the Renegades had to wait for the BRFU to build the stage for the high profile trophy ceremony. With fireworks blazing, Captain Simon Petting-Zoo was awarded the trophy by the Governor of Bermuda.
In a post tournament interview, Jose Mauricio said "Los chicos jugaron excelente hoy, pero también jugaban como putas putas a veces. Pensé que Salty era increíble, es mi estadounidense favorito. Me alegro de que Mikey se haya retirado, es un maldito comunista."