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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 7. June 11, 1947

[Review of Victoria University rugby club matches]

Despite having achieved some meritorious successes, the Club cannot display a good record in the games so far played since the last issue. The senior A side after being beaten by Poneke 11-14, proceeded to give a greatly improved display of Rugby to defeat St. Pat's O.B. 18-12, both matches being played at Athletic Park. Greig, since his return to the club after an injury, has scored 34 points in 4 games. The inside backs have unfortunately not yet settled down, so that although the forwards have been gaining more than their share of the [unclear: ball] from scrums, rucks, and line-outs the three-quarters, who must, ranks as the best in Wellington, have been getting far too few opportunities. Given the ball, Macleod, Berry, Drummond and Dillon are a most powerful attacking force. The team is unfortunate in having lost Jacob, the half, for a short time owing to injury.

The Senior B side has so far been most disappointing, though the performance of this team in practice matches at the beginning of the season gave every reason for optimism. Lack of weight and experience in the forwards and the shifting population of the side are perhaps the most cogent reasons for this ill success. Campion and Jones are both first class forwards who would be worthy of a place in the A Grade were the opposition not quite so strong. Wilde, the captain, is a very competent back whose patchy handling is one of his few drawbacks.

Junior A team suffers from the same complaint as many other teams in the Club—lack of a really dependable first five-eighths. Gray at half and Kimberley at second five-eighths are two excellent players hampered by lack of a good link. The forwards with Bullock and Heath providing anchorage for the scrum are a fine set, and form the chief strength of the side. Possibly the outstanding forward is McHallick, though Clere, Shires and Heywood are all strong contenders.

Junior B have unfortunately been forced to default owing to vacation on the last two occasions.

Third A have been able to preserve their unbeaten record, even through the vacation, and should prove a formidable threat to championship honours this season. So far they have scored 74 points to nine in five games. Patterson, a high-class winger and excellent place kick, gained selections for the first fifteen against Massey College at Palmerston North. A fine pack of forwards and a particularly fine set of backs from half to full-back, plus the energy and enthusiasm of their coach, are the main factors of their success. Particularly pleasing this year was their success in the seven-a-side tournament on King's Birthday.

Third B. unfortunately without a coach during the vacation, have sustained some rather heavy batterings, but none the less should finish the season well in the running. Stannard, Holmes. Cambie and Igglesden are all useful forwards, and Hume is promising in the backs.

Third C were a little unlucky to lose to Makara by three points to nil in their last game, but under the able eye of G. D. Duncan, their coach, should improve rapidly, for there is plenty of good material in the group.

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