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Glendale lead from the first minute to the last in their
51-10 defeat of the Boston Irish Wolfhounds in front of a healthy Infinity
Park home crowd on hand for Saturday's DI Men's Club Semifinal.
Ata Malifa opened scoring with a penalty right at the first minute mark,
giving the Raptors the edge they wouldn't relenquish.
The Wolfhounds had a great chance to get ahead when granted an early
five-meter scrum, but the Raptors stuffed the Wolfhounds off the setpiece
and pressured Boston into an offside, ending the threat.
Glendale extended its lead after stealing a Boston scrum and putting the
ball through several hands before wing Dewon Reed crashed forcefully
through the final Wolfhound defender for the try. This would be Reed's
first of many impressive runs.
The next one almost ended in a 50-meter try, but he ran out of real estate
about 10 meters short of the try line and sailed a bad pass, which the
Wolfhounds deflected into the hands of Glendale's other wing, Dustin Croy,
who touched down Glendale's second try. Malifa hit the conversion, putting
the Raptors up 15-0.
Boston finally got on the board in the 19th miunte with a Mark Tutton
penalty (he missed a shot at post earlier).
Reed ripped off another line break, during which he flat-backed a Boston
defender, but deferred to a teammate who booted it through the back of the
end zone, drawing a 22-meter drop.
Don't worry Reed fans, though, becuase the next Glendale score would go
through the electric wing, who wiggled past multiple would-be tacklers
before finding hooker Shae Tamate in support. Tamate carried the ball the
rest of the way for the score, giving Glendale a 20-3 lead.
The Wolfhounds scored their next seven, and final seven, points of the game
a few minutes later when center Owen Collins found a hole in a seemingly
confused Glendale defense (they looked like they were expecting an
obstruction call) for Boston's lone try, which was converted by
Reed set up one more try in the first half when he again penetrated
Boston's first and second lines, dishing to scrumhalf Andre Bachelet in
support, who took in Glendale's easiest-looking score of the day.
That's how the first half would end, with the Raptors up 27-10. Glendale
poured in four more tries in the second half, one a 90-meter blinder by
Reed, to win comfortably.
"I was just trying to make something happen," said Reed, describing his
second try. "All I saw was the ball came out wide, I had two defenders, I
was basically going into contact to stay on my feet, and last minute I
changed it up, hit the hole, put the stiff arm out, shook free and it was
off to the races."
Reed stole the day's final show, drawing many warranted dropped jaws from
the partisan crowd.
"Dewon Reed played over the top," said Glendale coach Mark Bullock. "Part
of the plan was to get the ball in his hands, because we thought we had a
mismatch at the position he was playing, and apparently we did, so it
worked out for us."
Reed scored only two tries, but he had his hands in several more, and he
seemed to take as much pride in the ones he set up as he did in the ones he
"Back home (in Sacramento), I was just a try scorer. They never asked me to
pass the ball, they just wanted me to take the ball and go," Reed
"Since I’ve been out here, the coaches have been working with me on passing
the ball, moving the ball around to my team, trusting my team. This game
showed that practice makes perfect. I trust in my team and use my teammates
and it just opens the game up a lot more. We’ve all been here before, got
some new boys, but this year is our year. All we have to do is
Glendale squares off with Olympic Club 4pm local time Sunday for the