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GONE AT LAST.

THE RANFURLY SHIELD. TARANAKI WINS A GREAT GABIE. 14 POINTS TO 11. The heavy rain of Friday night and the Tnoistiire of Saturday morning did not promise well for the Ranfurly Shield maidh between Taranaki and Auckland, but towards mid-day the wind got into the south-east, and gradually the rain drops certsed, and when the time came for the teams to take the field it was an ideal day for foottial". The ground eoaked up the water splendidly, and al■fhough a curtain-raiser was played on it,l -the playing area did not cut up. V ivvas, perhaps, a bit on the heavy side, *but -was dry. and there were practically jio greasy patches. The g_me produced a strnt.'gle worthy of the trophy.- and when the bell rang to cease play Taranaki were three points in the lead, the scores being: Taranaki, 14; Auckland, 11. The scene, ihat followed tie ringing of the bell begaxs description, cheer after cheer greeting the ■suut-emers, white an excited mou rushed them, carrying the I bulk of the players off the field shoulder | high to their dressing room. After dress-1 ing, as the players left for their brake, j Mr She-traii. chairman of the committee I of the Auckland Rugby Union, called for | three cheers for the vLsitorrs, which the I crowd gave with great •heartiness, and | the outbreak could not have been greater bad Auckland been the victors. When the team returned to their quarters at ' tho Royal Hotel a crowd of about 300 i was waiting to welcome them, and they again received an ovation. The shield which Taranaki so worthily won for the first time was presented to Hie N_/'. L'nicn by Lord Ranfurly in ii)o.. lielng awarded to Auckland as tbe champion province. They held it till 1904, when Wellington secured it. Auck- \ land got it back in lDOii, and it has remained in their possesriou till this afternoon. Auckland will meet Taranaki again on their own ground on September 4. Details of the play are:— Taranaki won the toss und played from I the western end. Cunningham's opening ! kick was close!.-,- followed by his for- j wards. From tbe iir.st throw-out Auck-1 hied started a passing rush. McGregor j being stopped by Loveridge outside the 1 Tiirunaki twenty-five. The lirst scrum] saw the bail go loose, and Taranaki j pi.ii away. Gcddes stopped the rush and ].i.--sc.| io Weston, but the latter missed, i and Macky hud to come to Jhe rescue,' fielding and finding touch again at the centre. Taranaki forwards were showing \ we'd in line work, ami for some minutes the game was just outside Aucki;.::(!":-, quarter. From a long throw-out Brown, the.' visiting half, snapped the bail, and passed out to Roberts, who played it on with bis feet, got to it. again, kicked over the line, und following on fast, scored beside the post. fcstohr failed with the kick. Taranaki 3 Auckland 0 Taranaki forwards continued to have the best, of tiie loose work, and were soon oimin at the Auckland quarter. Webb and decides being prominent in saving work. A hre.ik av/uy by Taylor looked dangerous fui- Auckland, but Roberts hung to the bail when it was passed out to him, and a free kick enabled Auckland to get past the centre. Al. this singe Stohr retired I v,i;'i an injury. The Auckland forwards rushed the ball to Taranaki quarters, I where .1 free wns given against Brown. arA G"Leary placed at. goal, the ball ! frilling just short. Roberts look it, but ' tried to mil too far, and was downed. Cellars picked the hall up and passed to Stewart, to McGregor, to Gcddes, who wen: over the line, but was brought back, having gone into touch ten yards from the giv.l line. From loose play, following C: ■ throw-out, one of tbe forwards whipped to,- bi.il out to Geddcs, who ran Mr-iight over an J scored. O'Learv t-oak'd. Auckland 5 T..r_n_ki 3 Stohr went on to Hie Held again for tiro or three minutes, but had to retire, and Meuli took Iris place. Taranaki opened up a passing rush at half-way, but S'owari intercepted anil kicked back to the visitors' twenty-live. A long, 100.-c rush by Taranaki forwards, with . Dewar prominent, ended wcli inside Auckland's twenty-five, and getting tiie | ball from a pass Hill potted at goal, just i missing. Shortly afterwards, from a free, : Tamil potted at goal, hut missed, and' O'L'-iry forced. The game at this 'stage j was very ;■■-;. tiie visiting forwards show- | ing up by speedy foilowing and sure j tackling. I'l,-m a -cam the visiting wii-.g-forward, T.-.ylcr. got well away with tlie j ball, bin Roberts missed ii is pass, and the I rush was temporarily stopped by lie- j Grcgor. Tha challenging forwards, how- ' ever, ser the rit-ii under way again, and carried tiie bull over Auckland's goat line, whore O'Leary forced. .Again lho -.i.-i'.ors overran the Auckland for- 1 ward.- from v long throw-out. und cur-1 rio.l ii.c ball o:ve more over the line, i bill it -.van brought back for a scrum live yards inn. Auckland secured and Geddcs : kicked, but failed to get touch, and Hill returned to ih- side line ;u Auckland's tvvc.u.i-live. The ehnlleii.'rer.s continued anl twice Auckland was saved only by; goi .1 work on lhe tutt. of O'Learv and' Webb. Taranaki continued to press, getting their advantage nruiuly through superiority it. line-out work, till they got a gic.-.t chance of n score, as the result of iVylie get ring off-side. The hall was placet for J1 -11 in a good position, but ••the kick went, wide. The drop-out viiTorric,' no reiief to Auckland till Hill attempted anotlicr goal from a free, which en: hied O'Leary to force. Taranaki kept. up the pressure till a mls---1",..i.l by Meuli let the ball out at half-way. The visitors were making the game open, and they went again to the attack, A passing rush Bro-a,

Roberts. Cameron. McLeod, aTul Hill saw the latter short kick n*^ 1 by I O'Leary, but he ■misjudge it siightly and the ball beat-him on* bounce, and went to touch, a fine cfcmce being thus lost. The beH went ■t* ro . minutes later with Taranaki still yfessing Auckland. THE SECOtf l * SPEIX. Weston returnc. 'he kick off to touch at half-way. From loo3e Pay following Hie throw-out Brown opened'up a passing rush. \V-*°n spoiled Cameron's take, but Bro-n* got in again and tlirew out wide to loveridge, who sent in a big cross-kick. "Toe Tnranaki forwards got 1 to the ball with O'Leary, and the local I full-back ' ras bustled into kicking j j straight across. Geddcs went to save, I but was too slow, and Loveridge, follow- ' I ing inst. got the ball on the bounce tit C the line, and dived over and scored. 1 Roberts' kick failed. ■ Taranaki q i Auckland 5 I Immediately after the. drop-out McjLccd put iii a high centring kick, and /McGregor spoilt O'Leary. take, with the result that the. fast following challengers were again in full blast on' a dribbling ; run to Auckland's line. Hesitation on the part of a couple of their forwards j lost them the chance rind the rush was stopped at the linn. Here a hot rally took place, and at last. Dewar broke through the ruck and got over, Roberts' kick again failed. Taranaki ~.. 9 Auckland ... 5 j From the drop-out Taranaki came back, ami Geddcs and {Stewart were prominent in saving work, until free kicks to Auckland enabled them to shift play 1 to centre. Taranaki persisted in tlie j open game, and the Auckland players I now showed *a tendency to meet them in this game. A passing rush on the short side saw Macky gain some ground with a strong dash, and immediately afterwards, from a free, .Stewart got, touch I at Taranaki's twenty-five. The Tara- ; na_i forwards, however, still dominated the position, 'and came back again in a gri'-r,. dribbling rush, which ended in Tamu getting otT-sidc. From O'Leary's kick Auckland had a short advantage. hut a Itnock-on by Weston brought play buck to Auckland's quarters. Here Dewar worked, and Roberts bad a kick :it goal, which resulted in a force by Auckland". Immediately after, a. misfield by O'Lcnsry left -a very dangerous situation against Auckland, but Weston saved with a good run and cross-kick, which Roberts took, and srnt out on his own side of half-way. Tho game suddenlyopened out into a great pace, the play I being of a scrambling nature, and almost ! anything seemed likely to happen. Yorv j fine fielding and a dash by Loveridge sent i j the ball to O'lx-ary. who "was bustled into j j kicking high in front of his own goal j posts. Tamu. however, failed to take ] a mark, and Auckland cleared, carrying ; the ball to the other end of the field. Here Webb opened out a passing rush, in 1 which Geddcs beat Cameron, and made J a fine opening before sending to Stewart. ■ The latter sent on to McGregor at the 1 right moment, and though tackled by Mueli. he scored at the corner. O'Leary's kick was a good effort, but just failed. Taranaki 9 Auckland s The Auckland backs now played with greater heart and confidence, but they were sternly met by the challengers, and play hovered for sonic inTnutcs in neutral lerritoroy. From halfway Browning W.vlie and Barrett went away in a great dribbling rush, lieu ting Cameron, Roberts and Hill, but being stopped almost at the live by Meuli, and the ball went out at Taranaki's twenty-live. From here Webb opened out a passing rush, iii which Y\ eston made a nice opening, and sent on to f-'tewart, to McGregor, who was brought down by Loveridge, within five yards of the line. From the threw out, i Webb again sent his men away, before I the Taranaki backs bad got into their I positions. Weston got the ball, with Stewart and Macky outside him, and ] only Hill to beat. " The Taranaki wing i three-quarter hung back, waiting to intercept, and Weston hung to the ball, and catching Hill on tlie hop, side stopped, and cut through, scoring a try. O'Leary's kick failed. Auckland 11 Taranaki 9 The challengers came back at it with great dash, am! gradually worked their way into Auckland's quarters. Here they opened out a passing rush that looked like a score, but McLeod ran too far iii Toss. crowding his outside players, and Loveridge. when be got the pass, could only send the ball to touch, five yards from the goal line. Good play by Stewart helped Auckland back to halfway. From the throw out a knock back enabled Brown to set his backs going. Roberts sent a very nicely turned pass to Camej ron. after having drawn both Gcddes and ! Weston. Cameron passed to McLeod. j who crowded Macky out of a chance of i recovery, ami sent 0:1 to Hill. The .' winger centred when lie met O'Leary. and ■ the Taranaki forwards were at once on I the ball when it touched the ground, : carrying il over the line from what api poured to be an undoubted throw forward li.v Whittiligton. Here Roberts dived on J it. and scored the try that took the : shield from Auckland —a performance j that followers of the game had come to 1 regard almost a- an impossibility. By kicking a goal, Hawkins made the game a certainty for his side. Auckland Hashed up momentarily from the drop out, j Macky putting in a fine run, but the ' I challengers on mc back at it, and after a i time-wasting incident which was similar in that of Auckland a few minutes prej viously were again near Auckland's line, when the whistle went. The result was: Taranaki _ 14 Auckland 11 FAREWELL. | The Ranfurly Shield lias gone at last, ; and no one will begrudge Taranaki their 1 | splendid victory. As a game, it was one : : of tlie finest ever seen nt Alexandra - I Park, and there was not a let up througli- - I out the ninety minutes play. Taranaki's i j forwards were magnificent "and they beat i | the Auckland pack in every department -of Hie game especially in lino out work t and the open. They showed tremendous c dash and pace and „m c after time they c j swept over tbe local vanguard, a lot of i« score*, __w«*--s Etf^^ia^iiHajydirißjrer.*

Lscerness. The Auckland forwards Jvcrrc good in the heavy work, but they miled to hold their own when the ball /got free and their loose rushes could be counted on one band. In the first spell it was hardly anything but Taranaki and they swept down the field in great style, the defence of the Auckland backs being soundly tested. Auckland's threequarter line and full back did a lot of stopping but there was a weakness in the five-eighth aud centre-half and they failed lo get dowii to the rushes. This enabled the visitors to open up play and they threw it about in a manner that brought continued applause from the crowd, who cheered the visitors for tlieir fine work. The first score came from a fast forward rush, the forwards taking the ball over, and Roberts following up fast bent O'Leary for pace and scored With only live minutes play gone. Auckland were sort of taken on tlie hop and their supporters were expecting them to even up matters, but when it was seen that tlie yellow and TYiae-s were beating the local vanguard the excitement became intense. About half-way through the spell Stohr got a knock, a slight kick on one of tlie muscles of the back and retired, Meuli taking liis place. During hie absence from the Cold, Geddes gor, over, but went out of bounds, and he had to come back, but got over immediately after on Stchr's wing from a fine -paes by Macky, and when o'l-_ry •goiiled. and Auckland led by 5 to IS. the Auckland bairnckens were on good terms with themselves. With the points against them, the visitors kept up their aggressive Tactics, and Auckland were fighting hard all the time to keep their line clear. Taranaki losing a lot of opportunities through faulty handling. Anckland were penalised time niter time, and the visitors badly mvised the services of their crack goal-kicker, Stohr. for several easy shots were missed. Once Hill gave Auckland a big fright with a quick pot, the ball going jin-fc outside the posts, but the spell ended without any further addition -to tho score.

In •! h-c e eeond β-pdl Auckland were expected vo tUc to the wcasion, but Taran:i.ki maintained tbeir lino farm, and ■w it'll half five 45 •minutes gone, had ratiled on six pom-Us, and led by !' to 5. Auckland then, rallied, and -tho-ir combination for about a quarter of an hour was more like their true form lhan at any stage of the game. They attacked cm'limtally. end the 'backs, getting poeKCf;sron. trios came as the result of paeeing rune. McGregor and Wcston being the scorers. '.Tnd Auckland's hu-k appeared to be in, for with only about ten minutes to ■go, the total* -were: Auckland 11, Tnranak'i 9. The visitors were, howover, pl.iying it olit to the bitter entl. and coming down-field with a combined rush, I'he ball wae e-ent to Hill on iiio whig, nn-d the Litter centring, th-e forwards carried it over with a paesing run. Roberts got poeecesion and was awarded the try. Hawkins scaled, and Ta-ranaki wrrc 14 to 11 amidst a sc-em* of unparalleled excitcrnen-t, that was repealed I when iho bell rang to ero.se play a few j minutes .nfter. It wae a.n exciting finish to a fine prur.?. and l.he Turanaki playerv* were cheers! to the e.~ho. more than half <he tea.m brin-g carried off shoulder high. They deserved , their vi<4orv. for tiwy wore th-a better side, snd the Shield was well earned. The forwards pained them the victory, and there was not a weak spot. Taylor. Jon the wins, was a host in himself, and j pave a great display of winjj- forward j work. Certainly no belter man has been I seen in Auckland for some time, anrl one wonders how he missed the Xew Zealand ■ieain. Dmrar, Hawkins, WhiLtinaton and Tiimu were in the thick of it alfthe time, but the whole pack deserve, every credit. The on eke. considering the chances they got. were not up to expectations, and several times they had opportunities that went bogping through want of dash. Loveridpre in particular was a disappointment, but probabjy too much was expected from him. on account of the reports received of his play. Brown, behind the pack, w.as easily the pick, ami he did a lot of work in a lirst-claae manner. Tlie Auckland forwards were a. long way 'below standard, and have never been ?cen to less advantage. They appeared lifeless, especially in the first half, and j failed to so the pace set. The only time! tiiey really approached their true form i was about half-way through the second i spell, when they looked like outstaying their opponents. Auckland's five-eighths line did not work well together. Geddcs did a lot of work on attack, but his defence was weak. Weston was all at sea in the first half, and though he improved somewhat i in the second spell, was hardly up to form. Hie try was a nice effort. Stewart played a great game as centre thrp.equaxter. especially in defence, and Macky was also good. McGregor did not get n : great many chances, but hung on too | lonp , and was blocked time and again. O'Leary was not as good as usual. A CTJSTALN-RAISEB. ! GRAMMAR SCHOOL V. SACRED HEAET COLLEGE. Grammar School and Sacred lieart met on No. 1 ground, the game being played as a curtain-raiser to the bis match. A steady rain was fallius. with n ligllt soutli-ojisi wind, when the teams took the field, but there was very little advantage. Grammar were first to get going, and Hally hart to kick out near his own line. TDe blues continned to attack. A. Mullins .stoppinpr proSacred Heart were doing tlu , better forward work, and kept the nines out, eventually breaking away and takin-g play to Wilson. who gathered j n uicely, and returned to the i-eutre. a free saining pround Tor the lihtes. A dash by Nisb»t, and a try was thrown away by McGregor missing a pass. The blues continued to press, and Barker sot a lucKy forrp. For some time play was at the half, till D. Mullius and Ilally missed badly, and the b'.ues, getting going. Barker i shot over at the corner. Smeeton's kick j was a weak one. ■ With a score against them, Sacred Heart j livened up, and had a turn at attack, but | failed to hold their advantage, and Olsen, | missing badly. Grammar were almost over, j a pass forward pulling them up. They kept np the pressure, and from a penally Barker sent it over. The bell rang for balT-Ume shortly after. The of kicks in the secoud. half ended in Sacred Heart's twenty-flve. and the blue forwards carrying it over. Nesblt scored. .Smeeton's kick was v weak one. Grammar School were having all the best of it, but eventusJly Olsen broke through «-ith the hall at to«. taking play to the blues' line. He overran the hall, but the forwards, jninini: in. had Grammar ha.r>! pushed to keen them out, Olsen throwing away Severn! chances by trying to bullock throngh on his own. They kept up tbe attack, and the Vines, being penalised, Olsen sent the ball over. Play was fairly fast, hanging about midway, till a free-kick let the hlues in, and Wake Rot over. Smeeton goalen. Grammar continued to attack, and MoArthur cross-kicking Smeetou got over, hue TT3S ofiMae. nuc! the kirk gave Sacred Hpar-t temporary relief. They cleared and set£S X. attack ' MuIliDS scored - °« &i«cd 'lleiirt ".'.'.'.'.'.'..'.'. \[ \ ] ".'.. " The bell went with the score unchancm and firaimnar School the winners of ttn

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GONE AT LAST., Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 196, 18 August 1913

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