Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 14 July 6, 1938
The Senior A Rugby team scored an unimpressive win over Marist, one of the teams promoted from Senior B.
In spite of the absence of Meads ad Burke through injury, the forwards played quite satisfactorily but received little support from the backs. Hansen was the outstanding forward. Playing a lively game, and McNicol and Russell were also prominent. The pack as a whole worked hard, securing a fair share of the ball in the set scrums and staging many effective dribbling rushes. Eade seems to be losing his good form and did a lot of aimless running about.
The backs were not impressive and in the second spell especially, indulged in a lot of misdirected passing. Bunddle returned to his position at half-back after several weeks absence through injury, but his service from the scrum was slow. Larkin also had an off day, his handling and passing being poor, briers, at second five-eights, showed excellent handling in picking up poor passes and played soundly.
Backs Lack Cohesion.
The lack of cohesion among the backs gave the men outside few opportunities, but Wild still gave a good ambition. Eastwood made one or two good runs, but then his condition appeared to give out, an indication that more attention to training is needed.
Once again Kissel was in good form at full-back.
Senior B Loss.
The Senior B Team, sadly depleted through injuries, went down to Petone 9-15. It was unfortunate that the team was not at full strength as this was the most important game, Varisity and Petone being level at the top of the championship ladder. The ground being extremely heavy, the game was confined almost wholly to the forwards.
Clendon and Lewis played good games, The Petone pack was too weighty and almost monopolized the ball in the scrums.
The Varsity backs spent most of the afternoon on defense, Brock and Betts having to stand up to a hammering from the Petone forwards. Hermans played a particularly good game at full-back and his line kicking saved the forwards, a lot of running about. Unfortunately Dean, who was defending well, suffered a broken collar-bone just after half-time.