May 5 1945
Services finish season with a draw at Abertillery.
NZ Services journeyed to Abertillery in South Wales for the 20th and final match of the 1944-45 season. They came away with a 3all draw, the best result of the season in Wales. On their previous visits they had lost to 14 – 34 to South Wales in Swansea, 15 – 18 to Newport, 11 – 22 against Cardiff and 0 – 11 at Newbridge.
The draw in Abertillery enabled NZ Services to finish the season, their biggest to date, with a reasonable record of nine wins, a draw and 10 losses. Points for 284, against 239.
There was an end of season look to the Services team. Six players, wing Ian Botting (try scorer), centre J G Hale, five eight W K Saggers, halfback D A Morris and forwards W T Mathieson and S E Purdue, were playing their only game of the season. Wing M V Hill was the only back to have made more than three appearances. Frank Crist and N A Elmes provided some stability in the forwards.
It was not quite the end of season result wanted but, for what appears to have been a scratch team, it was a meritorious result. And, alone among the NZ Services teams that had visited Wales that season, they had not lost.