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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 7 July 26, 1944

[Introduction]

Seniors.—This team now stands third in the Hardham Cup competition, one point behind Training College and five behind Navy, but has played one game less than either of these two. On July 8 it defeated No. 2 Port Depot by 16-6, and on July 15 the game with Miramar was postponed owing to bad weather. Four of the team, three forwards and a back, were chosen to represent North Island Varsities at Christchurch on July 22. Lewis, the back chosen as emergency, has been playing particularly well as centre, full-back or five-eighths, and fully deserved his selection as emergency back. Of the forwards, Grayburn, Cutler and Cornick, also chosen for the team, are all well worth their places.

It is noticeable that the forwards of the senior team are packing much better, as many as five at once having on several occasions formed into a scrum.

Juniors.—This team was very unlucky in losing to Navy 9-12 on July 8. The backs during the second spell redeemed themselves in the eyes of the forwards by making excellent use of their opportunities. Paki at half played his usual solid game and was well supported by Macalister and Goldfinch. Among the forwards Orr again played well, and was ably helped by Meek and McKee.

Third A.—This team defeated Wellington 23-10 on July 8, and drew with Petone 0-0 on July 22. A feature of the Wellington game was the polished play of the backs, who scarcely made a mistake. Berry, as second five-eighths, is probably the best back in the team, though Ackroyd and Watson are very little inferior. Of the forwards Shires and Dowrick are outstanding throughout all play, while Todd performs ably in the loose.