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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 6. May 9, 1957

Formidable Opponent

Formidable Opponent

The season got under way with a match against Wanganui Tech. Old Boys, Varsity winning 17-9. A week later the team played W. N. Gray's XV at Takapau. With Jarden playing for only half the game and such formidable opponents as McEwan, Vodanovich, Keepa, Douglas, Gray, Marett, etc., Varsity did well to concede the match by 26-22.

These two pre-competition games provided a valuable guide to this year's sole selector-coach, Mr. Frank Muller, a former Wellington rep. winger, who played for the senior XV 1951-2-3.

In the first competition match against Hutt, Varsity, during a brilliant display of bright open football, ran their opponents off their feet, to win by 36-6. As a result, they were billed against Onslow at the Park for their second competition game. Onslow were pre-post favourites for this year's Jubilee Cup, but once again Varsity confounded the critics by turning on typical fast open display to beat Onslow convincingly by 19-6 (two penalties). This game revealed the superior speed and better teamwork of the Varsity team, especially the forwards who had a good deal less weight than their opposite numbers.