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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 8.



Conditions might have been worse but not by very much when the Seniors met Johnsonville on the village ground. The high wind made bright Rugby impossible. What interest there was in the game, was infused by passing movements by the Varsity backs. A calm day would undoubtedly have yielded a different result. Our side was distinetly unlucky in haveing the only try of the day scored against them, apparently as the result of a misunderstanding between two players as to who was to force the ball. Territorially there was little between the team.

One interesting point was the clear-cut superiority of Varsity's 3-4-1 serum over the 2-3-2 formation of Johnsonville. The number of serums won by Burke would have been even greater if some of green forwards had given their weight all through. Lack of virility and inability to use their feet, old faults of V.U.C. forwards, were very marked in the pack. The only exceptions to this criticism were Burke and, at times, Eade and Wilson, Dick Burke led the forwards magnificently. He is going to mean much to the team, not only in hooking, but in general play. Stan Eade is as fit as usual and made some determined bursts in rucks and line-outs, a department in which some of the taller forwards did not show up as they might have.

Rae, as usual, covered up mistakes well, and went down to rushes gamely, but his passing to Sim was at time wild, and affected the latter's play. However, Sim and Paul managed to play fairly sound games. Sim made some good openings while Paul tackled surprisingly well, although it is doubtful whether he has pace enough to fill the bill as a five-eights. Wild hung on too long on ocasions, but this tendency was not confined to him alone. Ekdahl and O'Regan were promising, which was all that they had a chance to be, owing to the conditions. Tricklebank's fielding of the ball was also hindered by the weather. His reluctance to go down to rushes was marked. His kicking in the hight wind was, however, well judged. (A propos of kicking to touch, it was noticeable that players on both sides had not had time to accustom themselves to the new kick-into-touch rule.

To sum up, it can be said that the backs give every promise of moulding into a likely combinstion.