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

Junior a Rugby

Junior a Rugby

The Season's Review

Again, the individual performances present a very mixed bag.

Greig has been a saviour to the team as full-back. His kicking and handling has been outstanding but the team has had many anxious moments when he has had to do any tackling. The three-quarter line has shown plenty of dash and a point in favour of any wings has been to "give it a go" whenever possible. Ekdahl, Donovan and Mahood have all per formed well; especially the latter who started the season as a forward. His tackling has been a feature of his play and this coupled with his general "energy" has made him a particularly acceptable wing.

The inside backs have had a troubled season due to the many changes to which they have been subjected. Hay has scarcely been comfortable but has shown sound defence; McVcagh through injuries has not been able to settle down. Pepps has directed back play with considerable skill and should be considered as a very promising back.

At half-back Carey has played a plucky season but has retarded back play on account of his slowness. Certainly he has had rough treatment from the opposing forwards but despite the lack of protection from his own side row much has been caused from his own slowness.

A Good Quartet

In the forwards there has been a hardworking quartet in Bullock. Webb. Russell and Clendon, while Bannister, though not as brilliant as last year, has played steady football and been one of the most reliable of men in backing up and tackling. In the front row, despite his lack of inches. 'McGlynn has played like an Irish tiger as one of the few forwards who have displayed dash. Corkill has given the team a full share of the ball from the scrums and has shown dash and spirit in the forward play. Though at the head of many forward rushes, Gander has not shown inclination to assist in the "heavy work." The most promising forward is Smith—on occasions the "red headed terror" who has been a hard worker in both tight and open play.

When hooking, Taylor has had a degree of success and has worked spasmodically during the season.

Fred Macken

A special bouquet should be given to Fred Macken, the coach, who has had a very wearying time this season. His keen and optimistic presence has spurred the team both at practice and on the field. In spite of the great provocation on many occasions, he has not resorted to lamentations. The strain of the usual "Varsity loaf" which was indulged in during most second spells must have aged him greatly during the season.