Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 17. August 9, 1939
Meeting Wellington College Old Boys at Kelburn on Saturday. 'Varsity were defeated 11 points to 5, in a hard-fought game, which 'Varsity might easily have won, though it is doubtful if a win would have been deserved.
Outstanding player in the 'Varsity side was Burke, the captain, who gave an outstanding exhibition. He was on the ball from the beginning to the end and he was very unlucky in not scoring two tries.
Undoubtedly the best rake In Wellington, Burke also far surpasses all other hookers in general play and representative honours in his case would be well deserved.
On Saturday University's tackling was good and in a second spell in which they were on defence for long periods, the backs tackled really well and kept the Old Boys from adding to their score. The whole forward pack battled well and McVeagh was very prominent for heady play. He is an ideal back row forward. Meads was out again after a long absence on the bank and he kept going well. Jim Parker has certainly built up a strong forward division and it is to be hoped that next season a stronger back line will support it.
In the backs Rae was again very good and he has performed very consistently this season. A very game half, he is one of the best the Club has ever had. Parker was good at first five-eighths and scored a fine try. The other backs all tackled well and Larkin made several nice dashes. The backs do not function smoothly, however, and the lack of a back of Wild's calibre has been one of the team's disabilities.
With the side In Senior A it is however to be expected that more recruits will Join the Club in the future and with the sound forward division that the Club possesses there will be every opportunity for promising backs to show their ability in the future. The Junior A fifteen is promising as is the Third A team and from these teams there is every likelihood of gaining the brilliant backs that the Club needs to-day.—J.A.C.
The Social Team
Once again the Social Team should finish well up the championship ladder. Tradition forbids a lowly rung and the social players are usually useful [unclear: footbalars] as well.
While every member of the team has acquitted himself nobly on the field of battle (for instance. Jim Moore's heroic effort at Karori when ho laid the enemy low with one mighty blow) some of the players perhaps merit special mention.
In Osler's Boots
Skipper Jack Jeffs has boon emulating the feats of Bennie Osier and several neat field goals stand to his credit. At full-back that staunch socialist. Bonk Scotney, has been a tower of strength.
It seems the decent thing to do to mention Barney Campbell's dive pass. Pat Feltham, at centre, has taught the opposition a lot of points.
Among the forwards, Jack Porteous was a hard toiler until he lost his teeth. The same applies to Malcolm Mason until he lost some ribs. There has been no more consistent forward than Jim Halpin. In the line-outs Gregory has frequently been outstanding.
Altogether the team has done well and the social spirit and spirits have been Just as much in evidence as