Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 6. May 9, 1957
With only two competition games behind them, the 1957 V.U.C. Senior XV show promise of developing into a real threat to any team that has visions of taking this years Jubilee Cup.
This is the indication to date, despite the fact that there has been considerable rejuvenation within the club this season through the retirement of such notable players and coaches as Ron Jarden. Jim Fitzgerald, Ivan Stuart (team captain for the last six years), and Messrs. Uttley and Burke who proved a most successful coaching and selecting combination combination during the golden era of V.U.C. Rugby—1952-54.
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As a result, even the closest Varsity supporters were not very enthusiastic for the success of this year's much younger side, or its chances of even making sixth place for the Jubilee Cup.
However, as time has revealed, their fears seem to be unfounded, from the results shown even at this somewhat early stage of the season.
Although we have never held the opinion that Varsity has ever been a one-man team even in Jarden's heyday, in the light of what has happened to date we are now firmly convinced beyond all doubt that our XV has always been thoroughly trained, well balanced unit which is a breeding-ground for players of exceptional promise to play their way to the top.
We agree that Jarden possessed extraordinary speed and anticipation, is probably the best wing-three quarter New Zealand has produced—but may we pose the following question: How far would Jarden have got in the game if he had joined Poneke or W.C.O.B., for instance?
We feel that Jarden's rise to international fame was due in no small way to the play of such men as Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, and Savage inside him, to mention only a few of the grand members of the team of the early 1950's.