ASHBURTON RAKAIA V ASHBURTON ROVERS.
The weather was all that oould be desired yesteiday, for the re' urn match between the above c übp, but a ali_*ht wind was blowing down 'he field. E. J. Fooks captain; d tlo Ashburton Rakaia (colors), and A. Orr captained tho Blues Fooks won the toas and elected to defend tbe Northern goal, a* d A. Orr kfeked off. Jameson returned well out of tench and and from the throw-in some smart play took place by tho blues and tho ball was taken up th j fijld to tbe colors 25, but was soou taken back again aud for a short time tbe blues' goal was m danger jiy a splendid rush hoaded by W. Kidd, H, Moss, and W. Hefford however, the ball was oarried to tho colors 25. Jameson again relieved by a long kick and the blueß was foiced down. Stewart kicked well up the field and the ball was returned by Pilbrow out of touoh. From the tbrow.tn thegball was taken by Sawle who passed to 0. Moss and he to Knight who took a long shot at goal, but the. ball fell short, and the colors were fo eed down. Low kicked out of touch Int the blues called the ball back and Fvoks kicked well up the field, tie c Dejouxgot possession but was tackled well by Low. Ihe ball was _never m the blues 25 after this, although the colors tried hard to eoore, and tbe whistle sounded for half time with the ball In neutral ground, and no eo-te for either side. Fooks kicked iff again tor tbe Colors and Kid d got poe-tsston, but b.-Ing tackled tranaf tired to H. Mobb, who seemed as If be would acute, buthe w-sthrown outof touch by Neil who tackled well. From the tnrow In ths ball was taken to tbe Colors' twenty five, and for two-thirds of the spell was never out of It again. At this stage of tbe game a very smart piece of play took plroe by Dej ox and Knight. The ball was passed iv ihe latter player, bnt he only had time to transfer the ball wl h bit feet to Di j .01, who ploked up smartly and duelling through got over the line and drew first blood for tbo Rovers. Here a disgraceful soene took place on tha pait of some of therpeotatorr, who cheered tho Blues and hooted and hissed (he Oolois, nbat for we cannot suy, and we are glad to bear that tbe Rovers are very sorry that such a thing should bave taken plaoe. Stewart essayed tbe kick at goal, but tbe ball went under tbo bar and no goal resulted. Fooka sent tbe ball rolling again from the twenty-five, and (t was well returned by Taeker. The B ues followed up well aod kept tbe ball m the Colors' twenty five. Orr ktoked out of tauoh and from the tbrow ln H. Mobs got possession and by a very smart pleoe of play oarried the ball over aud secured wbat teemed to be another try, but which was not allowed. Th .ball was m the oentre of tbe field for some time, and from a series of scrums 0. Mobs at half-baok passed to »S to wart who had an uneucoeßful pot at goal. From tbla on tbe Rovers were always safe, and when tbe whistle sounded with the ball In tbe Rovers 25, the soore stood: Rovers 1 point to nil. For tbe Ashburton-Rakala, E. J. Fooks, Cow, Low, Jacd-Bon, Strange and Simp son played n sterling game, and for tbe winners Dej vi, Stewart, Kolght, 0, Moss, Orr, H. Mobs and Kldd played very hard. From passes by 0. Mobs, Stewart had three pots at goal, bat not one of them went over tbe bar.
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