Losing not an option for Westville

Westville are hoping to win all three of their matches at the KES Easter Festival.

The KwaZulu-Natal school will play Rondebosch, Viadana Rugby Club (from Italy), and St Benedict’s College.

‘Three games in five days is always tough. We’ve only gone three from three once before, but we’ll definitely be looking to repeat that,’ Westville 1st XV coach Mike Vowles told keo.co.za. ‘It’s good going in with five matches under our belts [including two pre-season]. We stumbled against Michaelhouse in the season opener, but have since come right.

‘Our 38-7 win against Kearsney [two weeks ago] was a very good result, but we became overconfident and were hugely disappointing against Northwood. The score line was still in our favour [28-7], but we had to work very hard to find continuity and it brought the boys back down to earth.’

Westville will be looking for greater structure during the KES festival, and Vowles believes a simple game plan is the best way forward.

‘Our forward pack is a major strength and really makes life easier for the backs with good go-forward ball. Our aim is to utilise this and play structured, controlled rugby by laying down front-foot ball for the backs to dominate.’

Westville will open their campaign against Rondebosch, a team they lost to in 2009, but Vowles is firmly behind his boys.

‘We’ve got a good crop of players – Richard Young [loosehead prop], Dwayne Kelly [scrumhalf] and Duncan Campbell [flyhalf] are going to play big roles,’ he said.

‘We’ve definitely got the ability; the determining factor will be whether, as a team, we’re disciplined enough to channel the talent into our game plan.’

By Rory Keohane