VIGOROUS GAME AT EDEN PARK
After being well out of the picture over most of the first spell, the Auckland Rugby representatives came to light with three first-class trres In the second half to defeat the visiting Waikato representatives 15—G at Eden Park on Saturday afternoon. It was one of the keenest andmost vigorous encounters seen at the Park for some considerable time._ and was watched by a crowd of over 15,000. Waikato fielded a fast, well-balanced fifteen, its. principal strength lying in a solid pack of forwards, who hunted as a pack gn both defence and attack. The" enterprise of the fast-moving Auckland backs, however, carried the day. Though his forwards were consistently beaten for possession, Tetzlaff, the Auckland half, gave his backs every opportunity to show their paces. They were faster individually than the opposing chain, and were also far quicker to turn to account likely scoring chances. The! three Auckland tries were first-rate efforts. The first came when Tetzlaff, Dunn, Tetzlaff again, Christian and, finally, Barchard were associated in a splendid piece of play which resulted in the last-named scoring. Then Dunn scored one of the most spectacular tries seen at the Park for a considerable time. Following up fast to collect a clearing kick twenty yards from his own line, the big winger set off for the goal-line. . In an exciting race he outsped Watty and Ensor to score a fine try. A short passing bout, followed by a quick change of direction, which gave the opposition no chance, saw Barchard collect Auckland's third try. All three were converted by Edwards, who kicked accurately after Kingstone and Gilmour had failed with comparatively easy shots. Waikato played like a match-winning team in the first spell and it held a 6—o lead at the interval. Tyrell scored Waikato's first try when he slipped round the side of a scrum to go over unopposed. A few minutes later the Waikato centre, Pearson, who was one of the best backs on the field, caught the Auckland backs on the wrong foot to send Watty racing across. Catley hooked with monotonous regularity, and also played a sound game in the Waikato pack, while Chell and Arnold were also prominent in a set of forwards which was superior to Auckland in nearly all phases of play. The Auckland backs were disorganised when Sorenson was injured, Kingstone falling to full-back and McKay coming on to fill the centre berth. Dunn went an outstanding game on the wing, and he greatly enhanced his chances of selection in the North Island team. Taylor and McHugh stood out in the Auckland pack, with Christian playing a splendid game In the loose. Though there was actually little between the two teams on the general run of play,. Auckland deserved its win. Its tactical play was better than that of the visitors and it was quicker to take advantage of mistakes made by its opponents.
HAMILTON' JUNIORS WIN Showing superior combination in both departments, the Hamilton junior representatives defeated the Auckland juniors by 8 points to 3 in the curtain-raiser at Eden Park. Though play was hard and keenly contested, it was for the most part a ragged and uninspiring game. Hamilton led 3—o at the interval and early in the second spell scored a converted, try. Auckland points came from a penalty goal, kicked by Tate. MOUNT ALBERT BEATEN In a closely contested game at Eden Park, the Auckland Grammar School first fifteen defeated Mount Albert Grammar by t 6 points to 3. Sacred Heart maintained its unbeaten record with a 15—0 win over Otahuhu Technical, while Takapuna Grammar beat Seddon Memorial by 14 points to 6.
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AUCKLAND AGAIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
AUCKLAND AGAIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
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