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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1947

Rugby Football

Rugby Football

Though the overall performance of the Club has not been as good as was hoped at the beginning of the season, the record of at least one team, the Colts' XV, is worth commendation. The Club began the season with a membership of approximately 150 and entered seven teams in the Wellington Rugby Union's competitions.

Senior A: Despite the fact that, apart from the absence of three players, the personnel of this side is the same as that of last season, at no time has the team shown form comparable to that of last year. It now occupies a comparatively lowly place on the championship ladder.

Senior B: Though this team has not won many matches, the members still retain their enthusiasm, if not, perhaps, the encouraging form shown in the Club trials. Several individuals, however, have shown most encouraging form.

Junior A: A very good set of forwards and some competent backs have kept this fifteen in a creditable place, and the side has been unlucky in losing several games by margins varying from one point to three.

Junior B: The social team of the Club appears to play 'Kiwi' or social rugby at will, and, though not winning a great number of matches, remains undeterred. On some Saturdays the social team's scrum must easily be one of the heaviest in the grade.

Third A: Sustained its first defeat recently and has built up an extremely fine record, having scored nearly one hundred points, as against less than twenty scored by its opponents. A really solid forward pack, supported by excellent backs is the secret of this team's success.

Third B: One of the more enthusiastic fifteens, the third grade B team has, in addition to losing many games very narrowly, won a good proportion of its fixtures. It has also contrived to look after itself and develop team-spirit with some degree of success.

Third C: The last of the Club's sides has not been over successful, but has won at least one game by a thirty-point margin. A few of this team set a very good example of conscientiousness and keenness, and show considerable promise.

Club coaches this year have been Messrs J. H. Parker, H. E. Moore, F. R. Macken, W. G. Smith, B. L. Hurrell, O. J. Creed, E. G. Kedgley, G. D. Duncan, and Rev. M. G. Sullivan.

College Games

v. Auckland at Wellington, lost 9—12.

v. Massey at Palmerston North, won 14—5.

Representative Honours—

Town v. Country: R. B. Burke (Captain).

Wellington v. Manawatu: O. S. Meads, M. F. Radich, A. S. Macleod.

Wellington v. Taranaki: O. S. Meads, A. S. Macleod, R. T. Shannon.

Wellington v. Canterbury: R. B. Burke (Captain).

North Island Varsities: A. S. Macleod, M. F. Radich, R. Jacob, R. T. Shannon, O. S. Meads, S. S. Kurtovich.

N.Z.U.: A. S. Macleod, R. Jacob, R. T. Shannon, O. S. Meads.