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BRITISH RUGBY TEAM.

MATCH AGAINST AUSTRALIA.

WIN FOR THE VISTrORS,

United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph—Copyright. (Received July 2nd, 8.35 p.m.) SYDNEY, July 2.

The match between Britain and Australia was played this afternoon in the presence of 35,000 people. The teams •were:—Britain-—Fall-back, Loathe*-; throequarters, Morgan, O'Brien, Gabe, and Llewellyn; halves, Hulme and Bush; forwards, Sivright, Harding, Dobson, Bevan, Swannell, Crowthcr, Trail, and Saunders. Australia—Full-back, Verge; three-quar-ters, Redwood, Wickham, Hindmarsh, and White; halves, Evans and Baker; forwards, Burden, Dore, Nicliolson, Lutge, Richards, Judd, Walsh, and Colton.

From a Rugby point of view tlie match was much more attractive than any previously played by the Britishers here. During the first lialf tho local men, with a strong breeze at their backs, had the best of the game, their failure to fcore being chiefly owing to tho backs taking passes badly. At the same time tliey managed to keep the visitors strictly on tlie defensive. Towards the close of tho spell, White, one of the colonial back division, was removed from tlie field, having fractured a rib, and for the remainder of the game Australia had only fourteen men on tho field. Tlie first spell ended without either side scoring. In the »3cond spell Australia opened well, and appeared ablo to hold tho Britisliers, but a mistake on the part of Redwood turned the tide. Then Bush, Llewellyn, Morgan and Gabo put in some remarkably brilliant passing rushes, which resulted in three tries being registered, two of which were converted, ono by O'Brien, and tho other by Sivright. In addition to these Bush kicked a beautiful goal from tho field. Harding, of the visitors' vanguards, distinguished himself in tlie open by dribbling cleverly and tackling smartly. For the colonials, Wickliam did remarkably well, —ltil he lost the ass_tance of White, after which he tired visibly. Baker, at hoif-baok, showed out conspicuously, tackling well, and frequently intercepting passes. All things considered, tlie combination of New South Wales and Queens-' land was good, seeing tliat previously they had had only one practice match together. The British.—i played a heady game, showing fine judgment at critical times, and especially in the Beoond half, working well together and taking advantage of every chance afforded by their tiring opponents. The game ended, Britain 17 points, Austral—! nil

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BRITISH RUGBY TEAM., Press, Volume LXI, Issue 11936, 4 July 1904

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BRITISH RUGBY TEAM. Press, Volume LXI, Issue 11936, 4 July 1904

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