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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 8. May 29, 1952

Varsity Returns To Form

Varsity Returns To Form

After their defeat at the hands of Hutt Varsity have returned to their winning vein. Petone and St. Pats have Joined what we hope will be a long list of defeated opponents.

The game against Petone was the best exhibition of club football seen this season. It was characterised by vigorous forward play with many sparkling back movements, free from the excessive kicking by the five-eighths which has so often spoilt Wellington club football.

Of the backs Savage and Jarden were outstanding. Savage's display behind a much improved pack of forwards was more like the form that won him All Black honours. He varied his play more than usual and with much success. Hutchinson's try resulted from a break by Savage. Jarden with his try and two conversions, one from the sideline, played a major part in the team's success.

One notable feature of the game was the backing-tip by both forwards and backs. Many a time possession was retained due to the presence of supporting cover-defence. An error that most be avoided by the forwards as a pack is that of playing too loose. With the emphasis being placed on open football there is usually a tendency for the forwards to neglect their more basic duty of obtaining the possession of the ball. This tendency was noticeable in the Hutt game. Best luck to the team in their game against A.U.C. this week. There will be an eyewitness account in the next "Salient."

Sports Ed.

Just before Paul Cotton sailed for England last Friday he announced his engagement to Miss Jenifer Moloney, also of this College. "Salient's" and, I am sure, the Association's, congratulations go to the couple.