February 9 1936

NZ Universities pushed by All Japan Student XV.

 

In their 5th match in Japan the NZ Universities were in trouble in the 2nd spell against the All Japan Student XV until a moment of brilliance from wing Jim Watt took them out of danger.

 

Geoff Parsons - NZU captain.

“9/2/36
Afternoon. Match vs All Japan.Ground drier than expected – had been rolled and straw chips scattered on it. 25,000 spectators.Introduced to Prince Akuso after national anthems. Haka. In first spell the Japanese All-stars did not settle down. We won the ball from scrum and line outs. Watt and Wilson scored- Bush converted 1 try and 1 penalty. 11- 0. Second half we tired badly so that at one stage we were in bad position [11 – 8] but Watt finalised matters by running brilliantly past half-a-dozen men to score a try which Bush converted. Final score 16 – 8. Rulings of referee difficult to follow. Parsons presented with beautiful bronze trophy while Bush received a large flower vase. Dinner given in evening by All – Japan Rugby Union – 110 guests. All team received souvenirs – large plate, cigarette case and album of Japanese views.”


The teams.

From: Diary of NZU forward W H K Simmers.