The Westville Stayers XV, made up entirely of players that will be at the school in 2013, played expansive rugby to record a good 41-12 (7 tries to 2) win against Bolton Grammar, a touring team from the UK.
Try scorers were Louis Snyman (2), Tyrone Jackson, Andre De la Rey, Keegan Paverd and Brad Ellse.
With the exception of Matt Larkins (currently on a baseball scholarship tryout in the USA) and Zane Weir (injured), the team being used are the “probables” for 2013.
The concept of a Stayers team is unique to Westville. The matches offer the coaching staff an opportunity to see how the 2013 squad performances as a team and how individuals cope with their roles and responsibilities within this structure. The player assessments made puts the coaches in a handy position to either fix or build on these during the off-season months. Examples of how the approach is showing benefits have come in the form of being able to test steadily improving 3rd XV prop Jonty Osborne, finding a right player for the inside centre berth where several aspirants are being trialed and determining if there is a place for Grant Khomo Week stand out lock Jordan Martin in the starting XV. There has also been monitoring of Andre De la Rey in the leadership role.
Westville’s 15-man rugby season comes to an end of Friday 20 July, when the Stayers host Bradford, another UK school who should provide much stiffer opposition than Bolton did.
In terms of rugby, the focus at Westville then shifts to sevens.