Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 12. June 28, 1939
The forwards are still going well though in the Old Boys game they missed their leader Burke and also the presence of McVeagh and Meads. They were a little spasmodic in this game though they battled well. Against Hutt the pack was most impressive and Burke commanded most of the ball, giving the Varsity backs the chance to call the tune—and call it right merrily they did.
McVeagh, McNicol and Hansen were in fine form and the two Shannons continue to show their consistent dash. The tackling of these two forwards must have been a delight to the onlookers against Hutt. Stacey is another whose tackling has been first rate.
Varsity seems to be on the improve, though it is hard to judge after two games so different from each other. The weaknesses in defence in the backs are still in evidence however and a disinclination to go down on the ball still to be seen. Hutt did not capitalize on Varsity's mistakes, but other sides most certainly will.
It is, however, a pleasant sight to see a team pull up so well after a heavy loss and it shows that Old Man Despair is no member of the side.
After all, the All Blacks were beaten 17 to nil in the first test in 1928, and who won the second?