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

Massey v. Weir

Massey v. Weir

This game was played in wet conditions on the sports ground, Palmerston North, on the King's Birthday. The game was confined mainly to forward play but nevertheless some very fine football was seen and the match resulted in a win for Weir 16-0.

The first try came after about 25 minutes, when, following a scrum near the Massey line Paki dived through to score an unconverted try. This was the only scoring in the first spell, but as soon as the second spell began the Weir forwards began to assert their superiority and were soon pressing in Massey's twenty-five. Following a nice opening by Smith, Charteris scored and Mataira added the extra points. Soon after Stewart collected the ball and dashed about 15 yards to score. The kick failed. Several times the Weir backs made determined efforts but the deadliness of the Massey tackling held them up. The final try came when Stubbings, following up well, dribbled the ball over to score. Mataira converted and the final score was 16-0.

While the Weir team greatly pleased the crowd, it must be remembered that Massey were unable to field their strongest team owing to some of their players suffering from injuries. The Weir boys were also ably led by Doug. Goodwin and it would indeed by unfair to make special mention of any one player without complimenting all the others on their play.