KEEN LEAGUE MATCH RICHMOND DOWNS OTAHUHU . After a keen match, in which the ssue was in doubt right to the end, Richmond beat Otahuhu in the League minor championship competition at Carlaw Park on Saturday, and Is now leading by a singue point. Results were:— Richmond 3, Otahuhu 2. Ponsonby IG, City 8. Manukau 13, Mt. Albert 12. North Shore 10, Pt. Chevalier 3. Newton 5, Marist 4. Forward Duel.—One of the features of the match between Richmond and Otahuhu was a great duel between the two sets of forwards. They were evenly matched, and honours on the run of play were fairly even. The four Johnson brothers were prominent in the Otahuhu pack, while for Richmond one of the best forwards was L. Davis, the former Auckland representative front-row player, who was making his first appearance of the season. In open play, the forwards of both teams gave their backs adequate support, particularly on defence. Owing to the heavy state of the ground the backs found handling tactics a matter of difficulty, but, despite the adverse circumstances, the ball was thrown about freely. Ponsonby Improves.—Ponsonby went up into fourth position in the Rugby League championship as the result of a win over City. The Ponsonby backs provided spectators with a good display of the code, and the forwards showed easily their best form this season. A feature of the game was the brilliant work of Kelly at centre, and his team work with Nurse actually gave Ponsonby its success. Kelly only needs to continue this form to win a place in the Auckland team. Allen; at five-eighths, also showed improved form. There was no better forward on the ground than Dick Hull, who paved the way for Ponsonby's first two tries. Jackson played an outstanding game amon? the City forwards. Clarke, the Auckland representative full-back, was weak in defence, and made a poor attempt to tackle Nordgren on one occasion. Mannkati in Good Form.—Discarding its usual practice of delaying its main efforts until the second half, Manukau played hard and in a typically open fashion from the start of its game against Mount Albert. Sustaining the pressure well, the side held the upper hand to the . end, a big factor in the victory being Murray, the hardest worker on the field. Mount Albert forwards contributed towards making the game a keen exhibition of the code but the team's backs did not impress as much as the Maoris'. Point Chevalier Extends Shore.— Neither side had a territorial advantage in the Point Chevalier-North Shore game and play was generally interesting though the standard feU away towards the final whistle. The Shore rearguard showed slightly more polish than its opponents but the Point backs impressed as potentially a good combination, with Walker, Smythe, St. John and Anderson as its outstanding members. On the Shore wing. Read did some hard running and was responsible for one fine try. Considering Rutherford's presence in the Shore pack. Point got a surprisingly large share of the ball from the scrums.
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LEADER BEATEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
LEADER BEATEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
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