Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 9. July 1, 1954
In the local competitions, Varsity played splendidly in their win over Athletic. Jack Lamason said "It is the best game I have seen on the Park this season." Fitzgerald and Jarden have probably never been seen to better advantage, and, Jarden's runaway try, which Referee Fitzpatrick disallowed, will long be a topic for discussion.
The game against Taita, played without the stars of the team, was a shambles. Neither side looked like senior fifteens. Kawharu had many chances to turn the tide but his cross field running and indecision nullified most of his outsides opportunities. In the second spell, high kicking into the sun would have paid dividends, but he invested only once. Frank Muller was the best of the backs and his determined running with some good breaks by Tony Clark were the best of a very poor game.
The forwards played like old men. The promoted Bristowe was the only forward with any life in him at all, and was the best loose forward on the paddock.
The result was due, not to anything positive on Taita's part, but to the sluggishness of the Varsity forwards and the poor standard of the inside backs. After seeing Grieg play on Sunday, it will be surprising if he doesn't hold down the fiy-half berth in the Senior XV.