New Zealand Team in New South Wales,
Match Against the Metropolitm Union. Sydney, July 12
There was fine weather, and 10,000 people were present at tho football match New Zealand versus the Metropolitan Union.
New Zealand won the toss. After some lively play without much advantage to either side, Johnston got away fast and passed to Nicholson, who was collared just on the line, and lost the ball. The local men removed play to the neutral zone, but only momentarily, the Blacks bringing the leather back with a fine rush, and McGregor secured the ball, passing it on to Smith, who, when being tackled, whipped it back to McGregor,!who in turn handed it back to Wallace, and the latter crossed the line. Gillett failed to convert. New Zealand 3to nil. New Zealand continued to press the home team until the strain was relieved by a free kick, but the game wus soon brought back by the visitors, and from the line out Johnston jumped acrosß and scored. Wallace was given the kick, but the ball flew wide. New Zealand 6 to nil. After a brief ppell of play in the centre, New Zealand rushed down again, and Glasgow, struggling over, registered the third try, which Gillett failed to convert, though this was an easy one. Half time waß whistled with New Zealand nine to nil.
The game up to this was more interesting than the Test Match on Saturday. The Home team showed to advantage in the line-out, but their passing was faulty, and they were frequently slow in availing themselves of openings. Mynott and Roberts were prominent among the visitors, the former being specially conspicuous by his clever kicking in tight corners. Shortly after the beginning of the second spell, New Zealand were compelled to act on the defensive, and from a penalty kick, the result of handling the ball in the serum on their goal line, McMahan kicked a goal. New Zealand, 9 ; Metropolitan 3. Once in play again New Zealand warmed, up, and made the game merry. In the scramble from the line-out, Mynott got away, and then passed to Smith, and he to McGregor, who, by brilliant play, carried the ball down to their opponents' full back, when the ball was handed to Wallace, who ran | in. Wallace took the kick himself, and scored tho major points. New Zealand 14, i Metropolitan 3. On resuming, the Metropolifcans mado a desperate rush down to New Zealand's tweuty-fivo, but the wing threequarter fiunbied rta critical moment, and tho visitors got possession and removed the scene of the struggle to neutral territory. Here Mynott again got away splendidly, and if he had gone on, he must have scored, but he droppett the ball, and the Metropolitans forced. After the Metropolitans had once more invaded the New Zealand zone, the tension was removed by a Jong kick by Gillett. O'Suliivan followed up smartly, and tried to get the leather with a clear track in front of him. By an unfortunate knock-on, he spoiled what looked like a certain score. Then Roberts, from a scrum outside the Metropolitan twenty-five, passed to Mynott, who in turn, gave it to McGregor, and the latter, by a pretty feinting run, scored, and taking the kick himself, converted. New Zealand 19, Metropolitan 3. Immediately afterwards Roberts kicked the oval over the opposingthreequarters to Wallace, who got possession and scored. Booth failed to send the ball over. New Zealand 22, Metropolitan 3. After a spell of quiet play, no-side waa sounded.
At Parramafcta the New Zealand Association' Footballers defeated Grauville by six goals to two. .■.*■"*.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905
FOOTBALL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905
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