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FOOTBALL.

O.R.F.U. TRIAL MATCHES.

A fair attendance assembled at the Carisbrook Ground on Saturday, to witness the trial matches arranged by the Rugby Union for tho purpose of selecting a representative team to play against the New Zealand Native team upon their return to the colony. Four teams were selected for Saturday’s games, the first to take the field being tho C and 1) teams, which were constituted respectively as follow : 0 Tkam rliiun\—Full back, Scott (fawn); throewiarwis—r.cd mOS (I'irat.' ), Wiuilirop (/’.'VuiRicliniuud), W. Thauip on (Kiikor.ii); halvesProctor (VSinsriJi-Kiotunoud), Simplon (Monl.tchlo', Murdoch (Taieri), and Croxfc.rrt (Uni- n); for-.vards-Armit, Mihar, M'X.uuhton (Kiikor..i), MTAiuimn (Alhambra), Petersen (Zincari-IIL-hm.-ml), J. M‘Farlane (Union), StVtles, l>. ATLarcn (Pifalt-s), Mmzics (University). D Team (Color*).-Full-back, Orcef 11 (Otnnru); three-quarters-IX M'Farhne (Zitr'iri-liieiitiieuti), Line (Pir.itct), Bt-tullo (Union); halves—Oran, O.vui (UiKh School), Davis (Union), Cock (University); forwards— Martin, J. Mill (Dunedin), Connolly (Dunam Athletic), Wright, (Jordon, M'Kinl y (Union), A. Millar (Kaikoiat), A. Ksquilant (ZingariRichmond), Wcilzvl (Allmnbra).

M’Laughlin captained the Blues, Martin the Colors; Messrs Shepard and West acted as umpires, Mr A. Wedderspoon as referee.

M‘Laughlin kicked off, and Grenfell returned with a good kick, a scrum ensuing in the Blues’ territory, after which Thompson and Wiulhrop put in seme effective play, M'Farlane bringing the ball back, however. Loose serums followed, the play being fearfully spiritless until Grenfell, who was keeping close to tho three-quarters, obtained the leather; but he should have passed much sooner, as Beadle, his wing three quarter, followed up well, and had a show to score. Serviceable panting by the Colors’ backs caused Scott to force down, and after tho kick-out Cook made a good fending run, but would have gained more ground had ho kicked. Esquilant, Beadle, and Wright were the next to come into prominence, and Cran securing a mark play was taken to the Blues’ quarters. Lang then had a pot at goal, which proved unsuccessful, and Wright touched down, but the try was disallowed. Winthrop, Lung, Macdonald, Cook, and Proctor played well at this stage, and immediately afterwards Cran, Davis, and W. Thompson put in some good work for their respective sides. At last tho Blues scored, Macdonald unsuccessfully essaying the kick at goal. The brunt of the work had up to this been done by the backs, none of the forwards showing anything like brilliant play, but a noticeable improvement took place in the play of tho forward division, M'Laughlin, Stables, Peterson, Menzies (Blues), and Connolly, Millar, M'Kinlay, Wright, and Esquilant (Colors) working well. W. Thompson, Proctor, Macdonald, M'Farlane, Beadle, and Cran were playing a good back game, although the passing was a trifle wild and erratic, and tho first spell ended with the Colors I point to the bad. In the second spell, however, they managed to secure a try, and the place-kick proving resultlesn, tho score was thus equalised. During the progress of tho game some changes were made by the Selection Committee in tho teams, Owen taking Davis’s place at half, whilo Cook finished playing before the first spill ended. As the game wan aim ply a trial of selected teams, a detailed account of the play i- unnee-.i-.-.iy, but a few remarks of the form shown by players may not he out of place. Of the fiii’-haeks G.enfell was the boat, although he lira a dangerous habit of coming too near the linc-mit or scrum, lie kicked well, but should punt into touch instead of straight up the field. The three-quarters were not particularly brilliant, although some good play would doubtless have ensued at times h:vl .M'Farlane and Thompson been backed up by their colleagues. The lastmentioned gave his opponents considerable trouble, and is quick in getting away and possesses a good turn of speed, Macdonald, Winthrop, and Lang kicked well, but did not play consistently throughout, and tho same remark applies to Beadle, who made a few good fending rues and then subsided. Proctor and Cran played a good game at half, whilo Owen war smart, but he hail the advantage of Vicing fresh at the commencement of the second spell, His club colleague, Cran, at times played in quite a brilliant maner, only, however, in the second spell, and the play of the other halves does not call for special mention The forwards did not seem to buckle to their work in a happy manner, and at times seemed very much inclined to loaf, and wait for a chance. Martin, Stables, E-quilaut, Connolly, Wright, M’Laughlin, and Menzies seemed the mo; t prominent, but it is a difficult thing to discriminate the scrum workers from too pavilion. Messrs Mcrruv.-o, Chapman, Marchbat.hs, and Cargill follo-tt d the game closely, howexer, and would detect “pointers” very quickly—a thing that others less advantageously situated would fail to do. Tilt: SECOND MATCH. Tho A team and B team went into the field immediately after the first mutch had terminated, and as tho majority of these included in the teams had obtained good reputations in the football field during this season, an exciting game was anticipated. The teams lined ont as under ; A Tkam (Blue). Full-back, Clafloy (Kaikorni); three-quarters—Thomas (Union), Downes (Alhambia), Turnbull (Dunedin) ; h-ilvrs 0. R-s'ieaux, Crawford (AUmaibrM; fotwtrds —Sanntair (Durudup). All .n, Matheson (TMeii), Monteomcry (lliah Sobm-l), Kef: (Montccillc), Robertson (Alhambra), C Morris (Finite-), RallinzMiaw (Zingad-Uichmoitd), Torranoo (University). B Tkam (Colon-). Full-back, Reid (University); three-quartets Noel (Alhambra); hdvts—Sttveneon (Tiileri), M'lntyre (Kaiko ai); forwards—A. Gi'-sop, W. Gil-s-m (Tai-sri), W. M'Fatlv e, T’ttenall (Union) Uaacs (Monti cllln), J. S'tphenson (Dunedin), J. Duncan, D. Torrance (Kalkorai), A. W. Morris (Pirates) From the kick-off the forwards showed a marked difference in their play to that of their predecessors who had just vacated the field, fast, almost savage, rushes bring the order of the day. Thompson at last came away with a pretty run, and for some time did all the back work, running and kicking splendidly. Tlun J. Davey obtained the ball, and, running strong and fending well, looked like scoring until he was knocked into touch. Thomas shortly afterwards gained some ground by a quick punt into touch, and the ball being well taken on the line out by A. Gibson that player passed to Davey, who was away like a shot. The Kalkorai man dropping the leather, Thomas snapped it up and again punted splendidly into touch. Morris, Duncan, and I). Torrance then made a pretty dribbling rush, which terminated in a pass to Elder, who fumbled the ball. Noel, however, was watching his chance, and made a game attempt to score, but could not do so owing to tho excellent manner in which the Blue backs guarded their Hues. The Colors kept the leather in their opponent--.’ territory for some time until the opposing forwards, with a splendid combined rush, carried it to the other end of the ground. Davey, however, was not to be denied, and relieved the pressure by a fast sprint, Sonntag laying him low, and to make matters doubly sure, quietly holding him there by placing his hand on his bead. Turnbull and Crawford then made a magnificent passing run, which resulted in a try being recorded, Restieaux failing with the place-kick. Tho Taieri men then showed up prominently, but Thomas interfered just in time, and repeated the performance as another determined rush was made by the same contingent, with Stephenson and Duncan close up. Claffey interposed, however, and made a long drop to mid-field, where some good work was performed by Morris (2) Reck, Gibson, and Ea’l'mgshaw, the forwards keep ing the ball to themselves, and a couple of tight scrums being packed in good style without any noticeable advantage being gained. Crawford evidently realising that there was an opening only waited for the scrum to work loose to pass to Downes, who made a long low drop which was returned by J. Davey, who immediately afterwards followed by a slashing run, eluding Thomas, but unfortunately losing the ball, a force-down being recorded. Play during the rest of the spell was fast and interesting, Restieaux kicking a goal from a try obtained by Rallingshaw, Torrance doing tho same from a try obtained by Noel and one by Tattersall, the score at half-time bsing: Colors, 6 points; Blues, 4 points. The second spell was as interesting as the first portion of the game, some splendid play

1 being shown at times, At frequent intervals tries were obtained by tho Colors, those who registered scores being J. Stephenson (two tries), Morris (three tries), and Do wnes (a potted goal). Torrance registered two goals, thus bringing the Colors’ score to 15 points, whilst the Blues’ score stood at 7 points. Some splendid forward play was shown in the second spell, in which A. W. Morris, J, Stephenson, D. Torrance, W. Gibson, Duncan, and Montgomery were the most conspicuous. The passing rashes towards the end of tho spell were indeed brilliant, but Morris and Stephenson should nob ignore others who arc following up, unless they wish to be accused of selfishness. Tho Blues at times appeared demoralised, and little or no difficulty was experienced by the fast Colors’ forwards in obtaining tries at frequent intervals. Tho game was a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting one, and was fast from start to finish, taxing the staying powers of players to the Claffey, Grenfell (who relieved tho firstnamed at half-time), and Reid wore satisfactory at fall-back, tho latter being perhaps the best, although ho possesses a fault in rushing an approaching player too quickly, thus giving his opponent a chance of eluding his grasp. Tire three-quarters played a splendid game, Thomas, Downes, Davey Turnbull, Noel, and Elder being about the position they occupied in regard to merit. Of the halves, Crawford played a sterling game from start to finish, and surprised many by the brilliancy and effectiveness of the tactics he adopted. Stevenson and Restieaux also played a good game, but they were points behind Crawford. MTntyro was never brilliant, and seemed decidedly “ off color.” Tho forwards chosen showed that they possessed strength and science, but those players who seemed most prominent throughout the game were Montgomery, Rillingshaw, C. and A. W, Morris, J. Stephenson (this player could do a little more scrum work, however), Gibson (2), Tattersall, Duncan, and D, Torrance. Tho last - mentioned should receive some consideration from the Committee on account of his place-kicking abilities, and as few of the players picked for Saturday’s games have gained any reputation as goal kickers, it would appear that, unlike the representative teams of former years, place-kicking for goals will not be the fork of our chosen ones—that is, if the teams played on Saturday form any criterion of the personnel of the representative team of 1880. Scrum.

The following teams have been chosen to play iu the trial match, to he held on the Carisbrook Ground on Saturday next :

A Tkam (Blues).—Fall-buck, Tnc-nv-.s; three-quarter-backs-Lynch, Downes. Divio; half-backs-R esiuaux, M-latyre'; fo wards—A Gibson (xipt.in), A Morris, Tattersall, 1). Totruuv, Stephenson, Montgomery, Math’aon, M Fnrlane, Hunter. B Tkam 'Colon).—Full-back, Reid; Ihroc-quarter-backs—Noel, Turnbull, Elder; half-backs Cran, Crawford; fnrwmds-Isaacs (captain), \V. Gibson, Rallinsbaw, Simula?, Duncan, Allan, A. Millar, J. Torrance, 0. Morris, Esquilant, Wri;’ht. Reserves M’Sinlay (forward), W. Thompson (back).

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7971, 29 July 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7971, 29 July 1889

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