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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 9. July 30, 1941



First XV.

The Seniors were somewhat unlucky in losing to Wellington. The forwards, as usual, completely dominated their opponents, and Burke once again gave ample proof that he is second only to E. H. Catley as New Zealand's premier hooker. The backs, thanks largely to Stuckey's unshakable determination to barge right through Ag. Hunter, were ineffective, and the game was thrown away as a result. Brute strength and ignorance have no place in a Senior backline, Gordon. Play to your wingers more.

A good win by 6 points to nil against Johnsonville on Saturday put Meads and Co. in fine fettle. Sam himself played splendidly, and secured another of his famous "scrum tries"—a valuable move learned by Parsons's team on the Japanese tour. Pat Murphy went an outstanding game, and was well supported by Rowell. Swinburne and Shaw combined well, and Stuckey proved a good full-back with his tigerish tacking and steady kicking.

Junior "A."

A much-improved side, the Junior "A's" gave the competition leaders, Upper Hutt, a big fight, and were somewhat unlucky to go down 8—10. It was a great game, fast, exciting, and hard. The forwards were right on the job, with Stacey, K. Smith and Grayburn well to the fore. The backs tackled determinedly, Kempthorne, in particular, giving his man a torrid time. A. Mason played an outstanding game behind the scrum, and kicked two excellent goals.

Next week the team broke Hutt Army's run of seven consecutive wins by a 3—0 victory in a mud scramble. Stacey, Millar and Archibald revelled in the heavy going, while MacCool and Fowler nursed their, forwards, with judicious kicking. Nice work, men!

Third "A."

With five of their players out with injuries, the Colts were unlucky to lose to Seatoun by a penalty goal to nil. This virtually cost them their Competition, but they put up a great fight under the circumstances. A win by default from Wellington on Saturday brought them two more championship points.

Third "B."

Vance Henderson's men, like the Germans in Crete, found the Porirua Maori Battalion a wee bit too tough for them, and the least said about the game the better. The Porirua team is undoubtedly too strong for this grade, Mr. Moore!

In spite of this setback they gave Oriental a great tussle on Saturday, and were rather unfortunate to go down 3—0. A scoreless draw would have been a better indication of the game.

Congratulations: To skipper Sam Meads and Ray Shannon on gaining places in the Wellington Representative Second XV. If the 'Varsity-Army game was any criterion, Meads could quite easily have locked for the Rep. "A" team without weakening the scrum at all.