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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 18 August 3, 1938

Win for Victoria

Win for Victoria

The annual match against Canterbury College resulted in a win for Victoria by 27 points to 6. In spite of rain and the heavy ground, play was very bright and open, both sets of backs throwing the ball around and handling well. Except for a period at the beginning of the second spell, the Victoria forwards were in the ascendancy and secured by far the greater share of the ball in set scrums and line-outs. Altogether, the Victoria team played one of its best games of the season.

McNicol, Thomas and Hansen were again a very efficient front row, and also played with plenty of dash in the loose and the rucks. Meads was one of the hardest toilers on the ground and played a very fine game, especially in the tight work and the line-out. Russell also shone in the line-outs, and was very lively in the loose; he goes better in each game.

The backs turned on bright passing movements and all handled well. Larkin, at half, had a feast of the ball from the forwards and gave good service to the backs. From a scrum near the line, he slipped over for a nice try. Wild and Bryers used their speed to give the attack thrust and made the openings for many of the movements. Bryers was again very solid on defence. The three-quarters, Eastwood, Tricklebank and O'Regan, were fast and ran strongly. Eastwood's two tries were fine efforts. The first resulted from a blind side dash by Wild, and the second came at the end of a chain passing movement. Tricklebank slipping through at centre and handing on to Eastwood, who ran over at the corner just as he was tackled. O'Regan did not see as much ball as Eastwood, but gave everything a go, and scored one try by picking up neatly after the forwards had dribbled the ball to the line. Buddle, in a new role as full-back, was very sound in his handling and kicking.