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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 4, No. 6. June 18, 1941



1st XV.

The Seniors continued on their winning way by beating Wellington College Old Boys, 11—6. The game was hard and fast, and once again our forwards proved their worth, Meads, MacLennan and Cappy Masters playing particularly well. The Reilley-Todd combination at the base of the scrum was a decided success, and the Selection Committee might well consider the advisability of playing Skelley in his old position as second five-eighths, where his attacking ability should get more opportunities than the inside berth affords it.

Last Saturday things were different. We lost to a weak Oriental side, 6—5, after having about seventy per cent. of the play. The defeat is inexcusable. The only bright spot in a heart-breaking performance was the improved display of Sinclair in the forwards. He put more vim into his work and used his pace to advantage.

Junior A v. Petone. Lost 21—12.

The Juniors gave a much improved display against Petone, thanks largely to A. S. Mason's snappy play behind the scrum. He worked his backs well from the "quick heel" from rucks, and stood up to an unnecessarily heavy battering on defence in good style. He is a natural footballer, and might well make the Seniors as a five-eighths. Murphy, was the best of the forwards, but Wilson, Millar and Grayburn were much improved, the first-named in particular playing a fine game. Boyd was very sound on the wing, and seems better suited there than behind the scrum.

Although they managed to beat Miramar 11—6 on Saturday, the Juniors were not convincing. Pot-tinger was the best forward, receiving sound support from Hood. K. Smith and Kilpatrick were good in the loose, but all the forwards seemed to shirk the light stuff. The backs have yet to learn to "swing" a passing rush and to cover up more on defence. MacCool played well, and used a neat cut-in with admirable discretion. Boyd improved on his previous games at half, and his passing was much better.