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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939

Ruru Shield Rugby

Ruru Shield Rugby

Since 1936, when age qualifications for residence at Weir House were first imposed, Weir's prospects of success in the annual Rugby match against the rest of 'Varsity for the Ruru Shield have not been promising. There were oven Home who suggeested, after the heavy defeats meted out to Weir in '36 and '37, that the strength of The Rest's team might have to be restricted.

These fears must have been dispelled by Weir's showing on 9th Sept., when it held its own, territorially at least, against as strong a team as The Rest could muster. A draw would have been a bettor Indication of the relative merits of the teams than the final score, 8-3 in favour of The Rest. The holder's forwards had a decided advantage in weight, and it wan from their loose rushes that the team's two tries were scored. With Burke hooking, it was to be expected that The Rest's backs would have a feast of the ball, but this was offset by the poor handling of the inside backs and the fast-breaking tactics of Weir's flank forwards. The Weir House back line showed better combination than its opponents and was unlucky not to score on more than one occasion.

Cooney and Rae were the best of The Rest's backs. The latter was too well marked to make any of his customary solo runs. Among the for wards. Hansen, Burke and McNicol were outstanding. The best back on the field was Roy Te Pungn, the Weir full-back, whose clearing In the face of forward rushes could not have been faulted. Brown made strong runs and his fast following up paved the way for Weir's try, but he was Inclined to got out of position. McLeod. Bannister and Corkill were the best of the hard-working Weir pack.