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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 5. May, 7, 1947



After a couple of Saturdays' practice, the rugby club began its participation in the Wellington Rugby Union's competition on Saturday, April 26, recording on that day 3 wins and 4 losses, the latter all by substantial margins; no very auspicious start, certainly, but with the progress of the season, and the consequent increase in fitness, combination and team-work, this record should be substantially improved.

At present training facilities are very limited. The power shortage makes the use of the club's floodlights on Kelburn Park impossible, and Extrav. rehearsals monopolise the Gym. The club therefore expects all its members to do as much training as possible on their own, and to attend at Weir House weekly for scrum practice, and team talk. Watch the notice board for details of time, date and place of practices, and remember that attendances at practices is the best guarantee of a game on Saturday.

Results of last Saturday's games are as follows:

Senior A lost to Onslow 6-18. They were beaten by a fitter team, though it remains to be seen whether Onslow can maintain their freshness and vigour throughout the season.

Senior B lost to Taita 3-22. There is good material here and it should not be long before this team does itself justice.

Junior A beat Athletic 15-6. The performance of this team was distinctly encouraging. The forwards worked well and gave their backs a feast of the ball, and it was only early season lack of practice that prevented a win by a much larger margin.

Junior B lost to Oriental 6-22 after leading 6-3 at half time. Once again lack of fitness took its toll, though the team showed signs of developing into something good.

Third A beat Upper Hutt 11-3. If one can judge by keenness and by last Saturday's performance this team should finish the season in the upper part of the competition. Saturday's effort was a very fine one.

Third B beat Petone 8-3. This team, like Third A, composed mainly of Freshers, played very well to defeat the redoubtable Petone XV. on their home ground. Keenness has been a feature of this team also, and we expect to find it near the top of the ladder every week.

Third C lost to Berhampore 3-26. It was most unfortunate, to say the least, that only nine of those whose names appeared on the board turned up for this game. Some, we know, were unable to play, but many did not notify anyone of their inability to turn out.

If you cannot, for any reason, turn out on any particular Saturday, please notify either your coach or Cathol MacLeod, Teams' Officer, Phone 46-599.