Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 7. June 10, 1954
But, what a difference! N.Z.U. should never have been within twenty points of the Aussies. Each time the referee exhaled it was through his whistle. The new laws, which produced such excellent fare on the Wednesday, seemed insurmountable on the Saturday. Our sympathies are with the Aussies, who inaugurated movements from all parts of the field, which N.Z.U. managed to hold more by good luck than good management. Backs and forwards in the Aussie team handled well and ran hard and the sight of a very large Australian danker carving his way through the New Zealanders to score from just on his own line, was the highlight of an otherwise poor game.
N.Z.U. tackling was abominable. Bill Clark was tired. The rucking was fierce with the Australians clearly the masters. In the tight Ivan Stuart was the only New Zealand forward not outclassed and his fair head could often be seen bursting through a ruck, too often unaccompanied. Peter Osborne, unsettled by the haphazard cover-defence, had a bad day which cost him his place in the third Test. The most disappointing feature was the fact that so many of the Test players had played on the previous Wednesday and acquitted themselves so well.