Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 9 June 01, 1938
At last it seems that Victoria College Rugby has reached a higher plane. Fast backs and hard-working forwards, ably coached by J. Parker, erstwhile All-Black, have co-operated to such effect that the seniors have Strang together five successive victories, most of them by wide margins. Unless there is a marked recession in form or the team suffers from injuries, promotion to the First Division of the Senior A grade appears reasonably certain. Not for years has 'Varsity fielded so impressive a fifteen.
- v. Miramar. Won: 11-6
- v. Pirates. Won: 12-8
- v. Athletic Won: 30-0
- v. Wellington. Won: 11-6
- v. Oriental. Won: 28-9
The game against Pirates was a disappointing exhibition. The for wards were lifeless and the backs indulged in wild and mis-directed passing, the ball seldom reaching the wings. This was largely due to the bustling and spoiling tactics of Pirates.
It was against Athletic that the team gave its best performance. Play ing with plenty of dash, the forwards gave the backs a feast of the ball and the backs played brilliant foot-bull and staged many bright passing movements.
Wellington provided stronger op position and their speedy forwards kept the heavier 'Varsity pack in [unclear: check] late in the game. It was a very fine try by Wild near the end that brought victory.
Oriental also made things very interesting until the last 15 minutes, when we assumed the upper hand and overwhelmed them with fast passing movements, both back and forward. Russell and McNichol were conspicuous for fine play, especially in the line-out work.
Kissel's last two performances at full-back have been very sound, his play being marked by sure fielding and line-kicking. Eastwood, although rather starved for opportunities, and Tricklebank are showing speed and determination on the wings. The tat ter's game against Athletic was un doubtedly his best to date. Many of the tries scored have resulted from openings resulting from Wild's speed and penetration. Wild has turned on consistently brilliant toot-ball, and on his present form, would not disgrace the Wellington reps.
Bryers is a sound all-round foot baller, fast and a sure handler. Palmer at first five-eigths has stood up well to a battering from opposing forwards. There seems to be some trouble at the base of the scram. It may be slow healing or slow passing by the half, but often the first five-eighths is surrounded almost as soon as ho receives the ball. Against Athletic. Larkin played the best half back game, to date.
Thomas, who is improving with every game, usually heads most loose rushes. Hansen's return to the pack has helped to liven it up. Eade has the happy knack of anticipating trouble and Is usually on hand when danger threatens. Meads and Blacker having to do the less spectacular work of locking the scrum are hard workers in the tight stuff. Meads, like Russell and McNichol is outstanding in the line-out work.