The Westville Stayers XV annihilated touring UK school Bradford Grammar 64-0 in a 10 try fest last Friday afternoon. In response to information that Bradford was stronger than the touring Bolton side that the Stayers beat 41-12 two days earlier, the Westville boys were instructed to play a more conventional style of rugby. Their increased focus and intensity however just inflated the score as Westville were far too strong for the tourists. Bradford tried very hard but lacked the skill level and physicality required to stress Westville at either first phase ball or in any phase play in general.
In terms of a big positive gained from the match, the Stayers improved their defence close to the rucks, an area where they had conceded two tries against Bolton. Bradford was forced into making errors by the home team’s aggressive offensive methods of defending. As far as attack was concerned, the Stayers’ counterattacking was exceptional and as a result they scored quite a few good long-range tries from turnovers won inside their own 22.
Reese McHardy, Andre De La Rey and Brad Ellse were the most impressive players on the park with Ellse bagging himself a hat trick before being subbed early in the second half.
For Westville rugby and coach Grant Bell in his first season in charge, it was a great way to end off the season. Westville now shifts their attention to 7’s, where many of their key backline and loose forwards for 2013 will be involved as part of the “off season” development programme.