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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1943



Taken by and large the Rugby Club has had a moderately successful but uninspiring season., all its teams maintaining a high level of mediocrity. Though originally four teams were fielded one third grade team was withdrawn early in the season after considerable dithering on the part of club officials.

The seniors, making a radical change from the usual Varsity custom, started off poorly but finished up very well maintaining a high place in the Hard-ham Cup competition. With a bit of good luck for a change they might even have won the competition for the material to do so was there. MacLennan in the forwards and Don Patrick at five-eighth were the mainstays of the team. Both these players were selected to play for the Wellington representative team. Apart from club games the team lost to McKenzie (alias C.U.C.) and A.U.C., and soundly defeated Massey College.

The juniors, ably captained by the experienced Buck Ryder who played sound football at five-eighth, had a moderately successful season playing fast open football. The backs were a capable set but the forwards could have displayed a bit more cohesion and vigour. Outstanding were Fox on the wing and the halves Te Punga and his successor Corkhill, who was the find of the season. Pottinger, Bense-man and MacLennan performed well in the forwards.

The third grade team was young and promised well under the coaching of Pat Caird. They suffered a good deal especially at the beginning of the season from constant changes in personnel. A team composed of thirds and juniors drew 6—6 with Te Aute in the annual match.