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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 9. June 7, 1939

Five-Eighths Problem

Five-Eighths Problem.

In the backs Rae has been steadily improving. Against Marist and Poneke he did not appear to the best advantage, but in the games against Wellington and Athletic he has shown fine form. Against Wellington his performance was the best of any of the Varsity backs. The five-eighths have so far been weak. Several combinations have bean tried with varying success and the best combination so far seen in action appears to be that used against Athletic—Parker and Larkin.

Failure of the five-eighths to get quickly on top of their opposing markers has made the task of the three-quarters an invidious one, and until the five-eighths display form, the side must be severely handicapped. Of the three-quarters. Eastwood in his two games has been really good, despite very limited opportunities; O'Regan has been sound and purposeful; and Tricklebank, despite injuries which have hampered his play, good. Of all the inside backs Tricklebank alone seems to have the ability to lake advantage of the wind in kicking to gain distance. Young has shown dash but appears to lack defence and a knowledge of positional play, and until he gains this his great speed will be of little avail. Kissel has not been in his best form at fullback but is showing improvement and should before long gain the standard he attained in the latter part of last season, when he gained his New Zealand University Blue.

Summing up if can be said that the prospects for the future are brighter and the record of the side should improve. Since the opening game live matches have been played, three being lost and two drawn.