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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938

North v. South

North v. South

The inter-island Universities game was played at Palmerston North on August 27, and provided a very bright exhibition. For the third time, South were victorious, the score being 21-17.

The packs were well matched and all the forwards went well. South were superior in the tight work, the North forwards playing a looser type of game. The hooking honours were evenly divided between Wall (O.U.) and Burke (V.U.C.), although a bit more hard pushing by the North forwards might have given them an advantage in the set scrums. Drake and Foreman, both of Auckland, were the best of the North forwards, while the Otago trio—Vosailagl, Trott and Mack—were prominent for South.

The backs turned on fast and entertaining football. The standard of wing-three-quarter play was very high. Although closely watched by the opposition, Eastwood (V.U.C.) was the star and scored two brilliant tries. Watt (O.U.) also showed plenty of speed in scoring his two tries. Hadfield (C.U.C.) had a heavy day marking Eastwood, but gave quite a good display. Hayman (A.U.C.) received few opportunities but ran with determination. His handling, however, was not too certain. Hunter (C.U.C.) was subdued and did not show any particular brilliance. The absence of Martin (A.U.C.) was a severe blow to North, as Guild (Massey) who replaced him, was too slow and failed to run his wings into position before giving them the ball. When Martin withdrew from the team, the logical choice for the centre position was Tricklebank (V.U.C.), whose speed and penetration would have given the wings the opportunities they needed. Wild (V.U.C.) and Overton (C.U.C.) were the pick of the five-eighths. Howden (O.U.) played a sounder all-round game at half-back than Edwards (A.U.C.), who was inclined to fumble at times. Kissel (V.U.C.) was right on his game at full-back and did not make a mistake all day. Egan (O.U.) also played a very sound game. In fact, there was little to choose between the full-backs, and both kicked excellently.

The following were picked as the N.Z.U. team for 1938:—Kissel (V.U.C.). Eastwood (V.U.C.), Hunter (C.U.C.), Watt (O.U.), Overton (C.U.C.), Wild (V.U.C.), Howden (O.U.). Gomer (C.U.C.), Burke (V.U.C.), McNicol (V.U.C.), Drake (A.U.C.), Lange (A.U.C.), Trott (O.U.), Vosaigali (O.U.), Mack (O.U.).