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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1908

Fourth XV. Matches

Fourth XV. Matches

V.C. v. Athletic. Lost 11—5. Dowling kicked a goal from a try by Nicholls. Superior combination, especially among the backs, gave our opponents a win, although we had much the better of the second half.

V.C. v. Melrose. Lost 8—3. Spratt had his back injured, and most of the game was played with only fourteen men. As usual we ran over the opposition in the second spell, but the only score was well-deserved try by Clemance.

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V.C. v. Southern. Drawn 3—3. This was at least a moral victory, for we were first to score a try against our opponents, the ultimate winners of the championship. We had easily the best of things in the first half. Gray scored from a forward scramble, but the position was reversed in the next spell, and we had hard work to keep our line clear. "Jenness D," at full-back, played a great game, and made not a mistake from start to finish.

V.C. v. Poneke. Won 36—0. Ten Poneke men were rash enough to face the green avalanche on this occasion, and they led the strenuous life for sixty minutes. If our two five-eighths and centre had not been quite so anxious to show what a tremendous amount each could do, by himself, the score might easily have been doubled.

V.C. v. Old Boys. Lost 12—0. If several "sports" had come out and taken a hand in this game, instead of watching a certain hockey match on the Basin Reserve, we should at least have made a draw of it.