RUGBY. £Bt Ex-Fobwabd.] The match against Hawkes Bay last week was at times extremely disappointing, for which the referee was in many ways to blamo as he frequently allowed the moit bare-faced infringements to pass unnoticed, and on the ball going into tho scrum was always on the wrong side. If we are to have spectators, we must have competent referees, or the result will be chaos. The country team having beaten the Gißborne and Manawatu Unions so easily, it was estimated that Wellington would have its work cut out to beat the visitors, and this proved a correct prophecy. Indeed, had the Hawkes Bay men taken advantage of their chances, the result might have been different, although Wallace kicked an undeniable goal, which was disallowed by the referee on the ground that the ball was not kicked from the spot parallel to the place of infringement. It would be a good idea to have a licensed surveyor for the next match to stop a similar mistake. At tho start of the game the Blacks were vory patchy, backs and forwards alike. It wus heart-rending to see first-class back(erring in this respect, while the vanguard could not get possession of the ball, and matters were anyhow. The Hawkes Bay forwards, who w«re heavier than thoir opponents' lost several golden opportunities in the loose, but on the day's play Wellington was manifestly the better team. A great deal of grumbling wa9 heard from the visitors after the- game about roughness, but the scarified nature of some of the blacks' shins proved that there was much room for talk on the other side. Both Burns and Bonar's tries were the outcome of brilliant and clever passing on the part of Kelly, Meredith, Bonar, Wallace, and Burns, in the first instance, and Meredith, Kelly, Priohard, on the second occasion. M'V ay's place-kick which gave a goal to Hawkos Bay was a "good-un" from a difficult angle. Caldwell essayed somo futile shots at goal from easy angles. , As regards kicking, the visiting rearguard were "all there" in this department M'Vay, Caldwoll, Wi Hape, and Woods towering above the rest, but they evidently lacked the knowledge of how to start a passing rush. Wood gave one the impression of the making of a first-class footballer. In attack he was superb. It was very amusing the way in which he sent the sturdy Wellington skipper to mother earth to the ovidont astonishment of the blacks' barrackers. But Woods was weaP inasmuch as he never captured Kelly when that player had possession of the ball. Caldwell did an immense amount of defensive work in the three-quarter line. His attacking work lacked vim, and altogether he does not possess too many of the neoessory qualities of a centre threeSuarter. Wi Hope kicked splendidly and tie spectacle of this dark son x of Maoriland punting the ball into touch with his bare feet evoked wonder from the email boys who doubtless imagined that Wi Hape was a new specimen of pachyderm. O'Connell did plenty of rush stopping. He is evidently getting too old for the game, as he thinks that he ought to be treated like "glass with care." Of their vanguard Johnston, Collinge, and Baker executed a good deal of solid loose work, and Carlson and Caldwell helped materially to keep up the scrum. Speedy was not very noticeable on the wing, and was clearly out of form. Johnston had the bod luck to meet with a slight dislocation through colliding with Manson. He pluckily did not take much notice of it. After dinner he had to make a visit to Dr. James, who is a thorough sport in all its branches, and he placed the injured limb in its proper place. On the local side Wallace at centre three-quarter gave tho most emphatic indications that the man to be the best centre this season has to master the Poneke boy. A modicum of selfishness is the only complaint to be urged against his attack. Bonar did well, considering what little he had to do, and the same remark applies to Burns, who used the touchline better than any of his confores. Buhib's aggressive work is of the somnolent order, however, and wants brightening up. At the same time he could improve his tackling. Kelly was not at ease in the early part of the game, but he pulled himself together and made several capital openings for fleet auxiliaries. Meredith was unwell, consequently he was not seen much. When anything tough came along, he was on the job. Among the forwards Manson was most noticeable on the wing, though Prichard did fair work. Manson got a marvellous mark, which astonished everybody, including himself. Calnan was the best of the pack, and ho played all through the game as if his life depended on it. Calnan and D. Udy (Wairarapa) without a doubt aro two of the host forwards in the colony. M'Anally, Soffe, and Gallagher seemed to graft hard, the two latter players giving more weight iv the scrum than they usually do, while Judd, who made his first appearance as a rep. showed a. worthy desire to emulate tho deeds of f owner interpros. King had the misfortune to be harassed by one of his opponents, as the outcome of M'hich ho has to suffer suspension until May of next year, through the referee seeing only a portion of the disturbance. Through Gigger not turning up Wally Pringle was pressed into service at the last moment. Wally has fought and bled for Wellington in the past and he bled to some extent on Wednesday week. Tho thanks of the Wellington Union are due to him for the way in which he received a black eye while fighting its battles, and his filling a broach at a most opportune time. Tho Rugby Union acted wisely in deoiding that subscriptions should becolleced on the ground during to-day's interprovincial match in aid of poor Barney Armit, who now lies in a crippled condition in the Dunedin Hospital. It hto be hoped that the appool will meetwith a ready response and prove that \vellington is not behindhand in recognising tho brilliant services of one of New Zealand's best players, and at the same time to show its sympathy with tho Dunedin boy in his diro misfortune. Tho New South Wales Rugby Uiiion voted a sufficient sum of money to enable the English team to return to their homes without going through the Red Sea. They have gone through America via Auckland.
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Football., Evening Post, Volume LVIII, Issue 61, 9 September 1899, Supplement
Football. Evening Post, Volume LVIII, Issue 61, 9 September 1899, Supplement
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