Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 7. June 10, 1954
Aussies Well Beaten
Aussies Well Beaten
There have been two games since we last went to press; one excellent game between VUC and AU and one very poor game, the Test The Wednesday game was a bright display of open Rugby. Both teams determined to give the ball plenty of air, and the crowd was on its feet on more than one occasion.
Jarden was the star of the day and his brilliant try under the posts showed the All Black winger at his best. The Australian half-back O'Brien made some very nippy breaks around the scrum and his service from the base of the scrum was the keystone of a dazzling back-line display with Bob James always looking for an opening. Phelps, the Aussie full-back, was the best seen on the Park for a long time.
Our own boys also rose to the occasion and several slicing runs by Kawharu and Fitzgerald kept Varsity in an attacking position. W. Clark played a grand game, scoring a try after charging down a clearing kick. The game was a pleasure to watch and people expected something even better in the Test.
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.