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BEAT KING COUNTRY THREE TRIES TO J. DUNN Displaying superior speed, combination and initiative, the Auckland Rugby representatives defeated King Country at Taumarunui on Saturday by 21 points to 5. Auckland scored seven tries,, none of which was converted, both the goal-kick-ers, Edwards and Gilmour, having a day off. King Country's only points came in the last few minutes of the game when heavy rain had set in. The match, which attracted a record crowd for the ground, was keenly contested throughout and the final scores were by no means a trufc indicate of the general run of play. Actually, King Country held a slight territorial advantage throughout, its forwards playing with a fiery vigour in the tight which the Aucklanders could not counter. It was the speed and understanding of the visiting backs which paved the way for success, six of the seven tries being scored by the rearguard. The Auckland forwards backed up consistently well on attack, but the same could not be said of the set when on the defensive. Time and again Sorenson, the Auckland full-back, who played faultlessly saved just in time when the home forwards broke clear in surging rushes. Auckland was well beaten for possession from the set scrums in the opening spell, which ended with the visitors leading 9—o, but when Gilmour took on the hooking job in the second spell he did remarkably well, raking from almost every scrum. Taylor, McHugh and Gunning were the pick of the Auckland pack. All the Auckland backs played well, with McKay and Kingstone (until he was injured) outstanding. McKay is rapidly developing into a first-rate inside back and time and again on Saturday he carved big gaps in the opposition chain. Clark, a former Auckland Training College player, was very sound at full-back for King Country, while Lynch, Marriner and Tarrant played splendid games in the pack, which worked tirelessly all the way. Dunn scored three splendid tries for Auckland, and the other scorers were McKay (2), Fox and Edwards. Lynch scored for King Country, Clark converting.

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AUCKLAND AGAINI, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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AUCKLAND AGAINI Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945