Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 16. August 2, 1939
Varsity and Oriental again demonstrated on Saturday that it is almost impossible for two senior teams to perform with any distinction in an early game on Athletic Park.
The 'Varsity team was without McNicol, Meads, McVeagh and Bade in the pack, but in a last minute dash for the line Rae scored a brilliant try. How he beat the number of men that he actually did pass to score, only he could tell, but score he did to give "Varsity a win when full time was up. The referee gave a very liberal interpretation of the rules, resulting in a lot of off-side play by both sides, making the game scrappy, but once again the green forwards played with dash despite their weakened numbers.
'Varsity's backs all showed up at times hut the outstanding back was undoubtedly Rae, who is playing better than ever. He was tricky on attack and solid on defence. Parker at first five-eighths handled very nicely and he should develop next session into a very useful back. Larkin at second made some nice runs and his defence was solid. He passed once or twice however to Tricklebank who had his marker right up on him. When a good kick would have been very advantageous to the side. Tricklebank made one great run and appeared to score but the try was not allowed. The wings had few chances. At full-back Kissell was quite sound.
In the pack Burke played a great game, His [unclear: dribbring] work was very fine. Thodey was another who battled away with determination, whilst once again the two Shannans were real tollers. A promoted player. Smith kept up well with the play and looks a promising forward.
'Varsity are now one point behind the leaders for the Hardham Cup and meet Old Boys next Saturday at Kelburn Park.