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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 8. July 16, 1941


page 4


Seniors. Lost 9—10.

Congratulations to the 1st XV. on a splendid effort against Army. With four All Blacks and the redoubtable Finlay in the opposing scrum our youngsters gave these football veterans a hard battle. Meads had a great day, completely dominating the line-outs, while Rowell, playing only his second game as hooker, gained possession about 1—3 against All Black Dalton—a very stout effort indeed. One of the best men on the ground was Ginger Murphy, his play being as fiery as his flaming locks. The pack was good, and its most satisfactory feature is its intelligence. Every forward in the side uses his head, and youth, speed and vigour does the rest.

The backs, for the first time in years, tackled resolutely from half to wing. Too long have we cultivated the "flashy" type of five-eighths whose occasional brilliant bursts are supposed to compensate for lamentably weak defence. "Miss your man, miss your place" must always be the criterion in selecting a senior back line. Swinburne's promotion from the Colts was justly earned, and with Skelly back for next week, the team will be hard to hold. Full-back Greig went exceptionally well, and a little luck with his kicking would have given the side the win it deserved.

Second XV.

The Seconds are steadily improving, and followed up their win over Oriental by beating Johnsonville convincingly, 14—4. Stacey marked his return to the Club with a fine game. He worked his forwards well, and the whole pack played up to his leadership. K. Smith, Taylor, and the much-improved Grayburn were on the ball all day and gave their backs plenty of opportunities. A. Mason was good at half, although he ran far too much, but his blindside move, when he sent Coutts over, was a gem. Coutts is the most improved player in the Club. He has tightened up his defence, and uses his head well now. Two of his centre kicks were excellent efforts, and deserved tries. With his pace, determination, and clever sidestep, he should play himself into the Seniors next year.


The Colts went down to Silver-stream 14—8, after an excellent game. With Bridson, Olds and Petersen leading the pack, and Dix as specialist hooker, the backs have had a good share of the ball. Annand and Quilliam are going well, and the team is second in its, grade.

Third B.

By trouncing Johnsonville 26—11, the Third B's moved up to third place in their grade. The backs had a day out, Solomon and Henderson using their speed to advantage, but both men tend to hang on a wee bit too long. Watch this. Wilford, as usual, was very solid. Macalister is the best of the forwards, going hard in both tight and open play. He has had good support from Cross and Donnelly. All three are on the small side, but make up for their lack of weight by their grit and determination.

Henderson's boot is a decided asset. He kicked six goals from six attempts on Saturday. Nice work, Vance.