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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938

[match review]

For some unaccountable reason the senior fifteen never reproduced their true form when they played the curtain-raiser at Athletic Park, and their display against St. Patrick's Old Boys was very disappointing.

The forwards, rather listless in the first spell, played up better after the interval. They went well in set scrums and line-outs, giving the backs plenty of the ball, but St. Pat,'s were superior in the loose play. Meads played a very good game, and Thomas and McNicol were also prominent. Eade again backed up well on defence.

The St. Pat.'s forwards broke quickly from the scrum and bustled the inside backs, who were also handicapped by the speed or the opposition backs id getting up to their men. Most or the passing rushes went to McElwaln's wing, but he invariably ran into a tackle and the attack broke down. It was unfortunate that more play did not go to Trlcklebank who ran strongly and when blocked, used a judicious centre kick to keep the attack going. It is hard to understand why none or the inside backs used a short stab kick behind the St. Pat,'s when it was seen that orthodon passing to the wings was not bringing results. This would, at least, have provided some variety in the attack.

Bryers cut through on several occasions, but instead or carrying on, passed to a man in a worse position and the opportunities were lost.

The chief problem seems to be to find a combination of half and first five-eighths that will give the attack a good speedy start.