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THE NEW ZEALAND TEAM.

MATCH AGAINST NEW SOUTH WALES

VICTORY FOR NEW ZEALAND.

United Presß Association —By Electric Telegraph—Copyright. Sydney, July 8 The Rugby matob, New Zealand v. New South Wales, was played this afternoon under perfect weather conditions. Tho visitors" winning the toss played with a light north easterly wind at their back. The game was stubbornly contested throughout. The New Zealanderß do not at present shape as well as some previous teams which have visited here, but they sertainly la^ oured under the disadvantage :of playing immediately after a rougbish sea trip. Even with this disadvantage they were more than a match for theip opponents. The visitors were more active than the local men, and at timea 8 .vanned over them. After a few minutes' play in the centre of the ground Smith started a passing rush, but it was smothered, and a free kick awarded to the home team relieved the tension. The relief was only momentary, as M'Gregor punted the return and charged down after the ball, and, putting his side od, allowed O'Suliivan to get possession, and he crossed the line after a struggle. Wallace took the kick, bufc failed to increase the {score— New Zealand 3, New South Wales 0. Play was quickly back in the local men's ground, and a Btnart bit of passing from Roberts to Mynott enabled the latter to register a second try. Wallace again was entrusted with the kick, find made a splendid effort, the ball just shaving the post, but on the wrong side. New Zealand 6, tv Tew South Wales 0. The visitors were still pressing the looal men, whose efforts to stop the New Zealanders were unavailing, and Roberts got across. McGregor this time took the kick, but made a poor effort. New Zealand 9, New South Wales 0. All three tries had been secured within fifteen minutes of the commencement of the game. A little later New South Wales got a mark in close proximity to the New Zealand goal line, but M. Smith was unsuccessful in the at« tempt to send the ball over the bar. Ruthven was next to show out for the home team, and with a great run charged down on tho full-back, but Gillett was equal to the occasion, and up-ended him. Play was then taken to the centre of the field from where the local men set up a fine rush, which raised the enthusiasm of the crowd. The back defence of the visitors, however, was too good, and the lice work of the New Zealanders was also more satisfactory than thafc of their opponents, the line being u-ed frequently with finer judgment. No further score had been made when the whistle sounded half time. The second spell was very spirited and open, Perman doing some kicking, one kick from half distance causing New Zealand to force. Some exciting tussles followed, neither side having much advantage, but New South Wales at ore moment came near scoring, the really only anxious moment in this direction throughout the game, but the suporior work of the New Zealand back division again averted the danger. Then Roberts picked the ball up in hia own twenty-five and whipped it across to Smith, who elicited cheers from the crowd as he dashed up the field. Smith gradually threaded his way through the opposing forwards, successfully passed the threequarters, and passing neatly to Wallace ac the full-back came at him, allowed Wallace to score. Gillett converted, and the score stood —New Zealand fourteen points, New South Wales nil, Even play followed with an occasional inroad into each o'.her's territory, only to get back to the neutral zone. A dangerous bit of passing seemed to make for another score, but Perman with a fiuij kick, relieved his side The visitors, however, promptly returned to the attack and had the local men on the defensive on their goal line. From a line-out the New Zealanders were driven to the centre of the field, where they organised a rash, out of which Hunter ran in, Gillett again kicked a goal, and the game ended —New Zealand nineteen points, New South Wales nil. Sydney, July 9 Prior to the match the Rugby Union accorded an official welcome to the New Zealanders. There were 30,000 people present at the matoh.

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THE NEW ZEALAND TEAM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905

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THE NEW ZEALAND TEAM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905

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