CITY TEAM'S WIN
N.Z. REPRESENTATIVES TAKE
For .the second time the most famous of Rugby regiments lias had its colours lowered on the evo of its sailing away to do battle for the honour of its country; yesterday afternoon tho All-Blacks who have been chosen to tour Australia wore defeated at Athletic Park by the representatives of Wellington City. A liko fate visited the great 1905 team, and the New Zeala nd combination which annihilated the Californians narrowly escapcd similar treatment. However, tho fact that the New Zealand team was defeated gives no indication as to their strength or their weakness. Games of this kind are interesting merely because they provide an opportunity of seeing tho All-Blacks in action; . At course, .the play furnishes an idea of tho capabilities of the members of tho team, but the matches are never regarded as anything approaching a serious test. ' Men who almost havo one foot aboard the Sydney boat are not expected by. reasonable Rugby-ites to take any risks in such a fixture, and apart from that there is little incentive to extend themselves to the limit. Yesterday's match was less a 1 true test than the previous encounters referred to. On tho night before the match only'four of the All-Black team were in Wellington, and two of these were City players. Some of tho southerners arrived by the ferry steamer yesterday morning, and the Auckland members came down by the Main Trunk train, • which landed them here at 7 a.m. Therefore,'the majority of the Blacks had travelled all night. Moreover, it was a' makeshift team that took- tho field.. The wing-for-ward played in the three-quarter line, one of the halves played as inside fiveeightb, and A. Wilson filled the role of wing-forwards In the second spell, in fact, owing to J. M'Konzio's retirement through a slight injury, Wilson figured among the backs.
The Dominion tpam, playing in the uniform of black which lias given New Zealand teams their name,' took-, the field as follows:—Full-back,-J. O'Brien (Auckland); three-quarters, G. Loveridge (Taranaki), J. 1 Ryan (Wellington), H. V.- Murray (Canterbury); fiveeighths, J. M'Kenzio (Auckland). H. Taylor (Canterbury); half, E. Roberts (Wellington); wing-:rorward, A. Wilson; pack, Lindsay (Southland), M. Cain (Taranaki). Downing (Auckland), Irvine (Southland), M'Neece (Southland), Graham (Otago), A. Bruce (Auckland).. M Kenzio was injured in the first spell, and did not return after the interval. Francis went on, and played wing-for-ward.
Wellington' .'wore, white. The team """hack, Beard; three-quarters, M'Taggart, "Grace, E. Ryan; fiveeighths, P, .'j. Ryan, Tilyard; half, iNunn; wmg-'fonvard, Gilchrist; pack, Kyne, Parked Paton, Beard,. Miller, Mahoney, MTitrlane. Mr. A..C.-Kitto was in charge of the match.
. The display' was neither brilliant nor exciting. Wellington emerged from the tray victorious, by 19 points to 14. Almost the whole of the All Blacks 1 points came from forward rushes, whereas tho majority of the Wellington tries wero tho result of exceptionally bright play. E. Ryan's tw& tries were beauties. One he- through following a- clever b y Nunn, and the other gave a glinipso of what this, nuicji-nejilected Pctdno winger'is'capablo' df' Not for many ,a day have we seeij a better try than Ryan scored when he took his pass from Grace yesterday, and flashed like a meteor through the thick of the Dominion cracks, and grounded the leather over the line, amidst the frantic applause of a delighted l .crowd. ■ The try which Paton got had a way paved for it by an excellent opening." which Tilyard made. The opening spell closed with New Zealand leading by 6 to 3. Wellington's try was obtained bv Kyne, and Cain and Wilson crossed the line for the Blacks. E. Ryan (2) and Paton scorod tries for Wellington in the second spell, and M'Farlane kicked a penalty goal and converted two tries. Now Zealand's scores in tho second spell wore a try by Downing, which E. Roberts converted, and a penalty goal by Roberts.
Ono of the outstanding features of thematch was the remarkably rood work of the New Zealand full-bask, J. O'Brien. O'Brien must be accounted ■one of tho best full-hacks tho country has produced, and if the chance of doing hip; deeds goes his way lie may earn the reputation of being a champion at his work. Loveridgo. the voung Taranaki three-quarter, allowed that;he is a player capable of great things in good company. He is good all round, and has lit.tlo use for everyday methods. The Kangaroos will, in all probability, got a rather small amount of change .out of this lid. It was very noticeable that the Black, five-eighths (Taylor and M'Kenzie) were outplayed bv the Wellington pair (P. J. Rvnn nnd Tilyard). Tho Whit.j couple would probably beat these two Blacks every timo ihev encountered them, but of course Ta3'lor was plaving out of liis nnd in any event it seems quito likely that tho intention (if aujr has yet b"en forced) is to plav R. Roberts, of Taranaki, and Black, of Otago.'as five-eighths, «n the tour. Originally, it was. generally thought that Roberts would be the chief centre tliree-nuarter., Much interest was displayed in tho meeting of E. Roberts and H. Nunn_ a?, rival halfbacks, but -tho dav provided little opportunity for satisfactory ' comparison. TCoth are really aood halves, but the bettor of the' two is Roberts. The. Black vanguard is a dashing lot, and Austrelia'will find that our heavy cavalry-will live, up to the hig tint has been left there .by predecessors. No forward stood out as Cain .did. yesterday, hut the pack as a whol» <w."s distinctly good; and moved the Wellington forwards from one end of the field to the sever,ll'occas'ons. jvhen there was a'deficit to wine off. Nevertheless, they could not obliterate the lead which tbo'mty fifteen accumulated towards the finish. .
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ALL-BLACKS DEFEATED, Dominion, Volume 7, Issue 2191, 2 July 1914
ALL-BLACKS DEFEATED Dominion, Volume 7, Issue 2191, 2 July 1914
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