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Auckland, July 1

The weather was perfect, and the match was remarkable for brilliant football on both sides. New Zealand in the first spell did not seem to let themselyes go, but the back division showed splendid combination arid brilliant dash throughout. The Auckland forwards were unmistakably superior to their opponents, but Auckland bad a week five-eights, and all their backs though showing plenty of dash, failed to take the cbaneeß offered them. The play in the first spell favoured Auckland. The local forwards attacked the New Zealand line frequently, and at one exciting period touched down on the line four times and bad to go back <to scrum. New Zealand's first score waß due to a bit of luck, Hayward, by a miskick, centred in front of his own goal, and M'Gregor, Smith and Hunter Beized the opportunity, the last Earned scoring far out. The kick was an impossible one, and the ppell ended New Zealand three points, Auckland nil. From the start of the second spell Auckland raiade the game very fast, their backs supporting the forwards better than in the first spell. New Zealand had all they could do to save a score, but throughout a quarter of an hour's dashing attack they defended magnificently, New Zealand's turn then came, and, as in the first spell, they missed no opportunity. First Smith and then MfGregor succeeded in getting over the line. The Auckland forwards in the scrum work outplnyed New Zealand to the finish, but in the open the play of the local repre sentatives was not to be compared with that of the New Zealanders. Of New Zealand's brilliant back division Boberfcs, Mynott, and Hun'er had moet to do, but there was not a weak point in the lot, either in attack or defence. Three tries were scored for New Zealand, and one for Auckland, but none were converted, and the game resulted in the representatives' favour by nine points to three.

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FOOTBALL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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FOOTBALL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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