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West Coach Lauds Team Resilience

Sunday Aug 30, 2009 in Sevens All-Stars

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(MVP Dewon Reed on the run in the tight semifinal. Ed Hagerty photo.)

New York City - After Saturday’s pool games at the men’s all-star 7s, West coach Sean Knight was singularly unimpressed with his team’s 3-0 day.

No one stood out, said Knight. No one played their best. The Mustangs, said the coach, know they could do better.

On Sunday, they did, finishing the tournament 5-0 and as champions.

“The team had the capacity,” said Knight, who also coaches the Denver Barbarians 7s team. “After every game I’d tell them, ‘Yeah you got the win, but there’s so much more you can bring to the table.’ So it was just a matter of them reaching that level.”

It wasn’t easy. They won a tight and controversial victory over Mid-Atlantic in the semifinals, 14-12. That perhaps awoke the Mustangs to what they needed to do to win the final. In the championship match, led by MVP Dewon Reed, they ran out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.

“It was really kind of amazing to see them produce in the first half of the final,” said Knight. “It was pretty impressive how high this team could reach. Teddy Omundi and Mike Palefau, both international players, were captains this weekend. Both of them raised their games and the others responded in kind. Dewon Reed played hooker, scrumhalf, flyhalf, and filled in for us at wing. He showed his ability to play every position on the field and turned in an entire weekend of special performances.” 

- Ed Hagerty, Alex Goff
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