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In decisive fashion Auckland outclassed Wellington in the League representative match at Carlaw Park on Saturday, winning by 46 points to 7. The home team showed good combination, greater pace and better tactical play than its opponents, who were frequently caught out of position. The only real Auckland weakness was in goal-kicking, only three tries out of the 12 scored being converted.

Although Wellington fielded a heavy pack, the Southern players were repeatedly. beaten for possession, and in the open play they lacked mobility. The only alteration in the Auckland pack was the inclusion of Graham, of North Shore, in place of Ririnui, the Manukau forward, who was left out for not attending practice. Clever hooking by Rutherford enabled C. Major to give his backs endless opportunities. Speedy and Murray had too much pace and thrust for their opposites. Wiles, at centre, ran straight and handled well, and on the wings, Nordgren and Lowther, were quick to seize scoring chances.

L Interest attached to the appearance in the Wellington team of Jack Hemi, the former Manukau and Auckland player, and his younger brother, L. Hemi. The later had an impossible task in trying to stop some of the Auckland raids, and generally his play showed lack of experience. Jack Hemi was never prominent, and did not show his form of former years." For positional play, the best Wellington back was A. Gollop, the captain and second five-eighth. •It was evident from the respective styles of play that the League standard is much higher in Auckland than at Wellington. The real lesson for the visitors was the speed and possesion, plus intelligent backing up,—the three cardinal requirements of the code. WEST COAST WINS KASITiY / PA. GREYMOUTH, Saturday. West Coast, defeating Canterbury by 60 points to 5. retained the Anisy Rugby League Shield to-dav. The half-time score was 26 to nil. The combination of the winners was the deciding factor. The outstanding player was Glynn, a forward and the most prominent back, C. Mountford. TOURING TEAM SELECTED PA. GREYMCKJTH, this day. The following is the West Coast Rugby League representative team to tour Auckland:—Backs: Soster J. Forrest, W. Mountford. Stenhousc. c. Mountford. McNaughton. Ord, R. . Forrest, Nuttali. Forwards: Mcßride. Glynn. Aynsley. Newton, Clark Malone. L. Forrest, K. Mountford. The manager is Mr. J. Grlffro. The team will leave on July 28. INTERSTATE MATCH BRISBANE, July 22. A record crowd for an interstate match at Brisbane of 30,000 saw the New South Wales Rugbv League team defeat Queensland by 30 points to 19.

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HIGH SCORING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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HIGH SCORING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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