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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 6. May 28, 1947

Rugby Alone Sends Notes this Week

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Rugby Alone Sends Notes this Week

Since the last notes were written the First XV have had two wins, both admittedly by narrow margina, but nevertheless well deserved against Hutt, 15-12 and Marist, 9-6. They are now showing signs of developing into a really formidable combination, despite lack of practice facilities, and should give a good account of themselves in future games. The forwards, although still a little lethargic in the set scrums, are, as they get fitter, becoming much more like a senior pack, and the backs are also developing well.

The following have gained individual distinction:
  • R. B. Burke was selected to play in the North Island All Black trial on May 15.
  • R. J. Shannon. O. S. Meads and A. S. MacLeod all represented Wellington against Taranaki at Hawera on May 17.
  • The XV will be playing Massey at Palmerston on May 28 and AUC at Wellington on June 2, King's Birthday.

Senior B have yet to record a win, three matches having been played. A Varsity second team, suffering as it does from the depreciations of the firsts, seldom occupies a high place in the competition. There is, however, plenty of good material in this team, and there Is every hope that it will end the season with a creditable record. The three-quarters, especially Wilde, form the main string in the hacks, but the forwards, though an honest, hard-working set, are rather too tight for the grade. Campion on the side, and Jones in the front row are perhaps the pick of the hunch.

Junior A.—This side looks as if it may blossom into a credit to the Club, under the able care of its coach, W. G. Smith, whose energy and keenness are worth much to the team. The backs, however, are not yet functioning sufficiently smoothly and the chief strength so far lies in the forwards. Dix is able with the assistance of an excellent scrum to give his backs a feast of the ball, and McHallick, Heywood, Clere and Shires, measure up to the best forwards in the grade. Kimberley is an exceptionally promising second five-eighths and Gray a solid and reliable half.

Junior B.—Like Senior B this side has yet to win a game. It is the social team of the Club and provides a Saturday's exercise and enjoyment, especially for the older members.

Third A.—Has so far won all matches, without conceding a point in the last two games. The forwards are a very good set who give their backs plenty of opportunity to demonstrate speed and ability. Catt had a fierce day against the Hutt, scoring three tries, and showing great promise, while Paterson, a reliable goal kicker and speedy player, scored 16 points against Training College. Assiduous practice and the keenness of both team and coach are the chief reasons for the success of this side, which should finish the season high on the championship ladder.

Third B.—This team began well, but was unfortunate in its next two games, losing the last by the barest margin, 10-11. There is some good material here—especially in the forwards, who pack and ruck well. Stannard, Holmes and Igglesden, the last a hooker, deserve special mention. The backs should also prove a match-winning combination in future.

Third C.—After a most encouraging exhibition against the strong Wainui team the Third C slumped a little against Taita and thus have yet to win a game. Their coach thinks that once the vacation is over and attendance at practice improves so should their record. Murray at full back is sound and safe, and Tuohy at five-eighths a very good and dependable player. The forwards lack combination as yet.