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Tho Maoris (without Madigan, Keogh, Taare, and Arthur Warbrick, whom the local Union disqualified) played against Southland yesterday, and defeated them by 5 points to 1. At an early period of the game Lee injured his knee, and will not bo able to play during the rest of the tour, The tries were got by W. Warbrick (from which a goal resulted) and Taiaroa (twice). A. Galbraith secured the try for Southland. The feature of the game was the splendid passing of the Natives. The takings at the match were LBB. At the dinner in the evening, Mr Eyton (secretary of the Native team) mentioned the Brisbane business, and said he thought that he would be able to prove, to the entire satisfaction of the Otago Rugby Union, that there was no truth in the statement that four of the team had received money to lose a match. He also mentioned that they had that day played their one hundredth Rugby match, with the following result: —Wins 72, losses 22, draws 6. Our Wellington correspondent wires “ The news that the Otago and Southland Unions are taking action with regard to the charge against four of the Native team of having taken money to ‘ sell ’ the Brisbane match will (says the ‘ Post ’) be received with gratification by all lovers of football. The accused players should be given every opportunity for an explanation, but if the charge is admitted or sheeted home, it is necessary, for the sake of the reputation of the colony and the game, that the offenders should be made an example of whosoever they be. The Wellington Union should strengthen the hands of the Southern unions by telegraphing their cordial sympathy with any movement in the direction of visiting the members of the team against whom the offence shall be proved with condign punishment. A telegram from Auckland, which appeared in our columns a few days ago, stated that betting on football matches had reached such a pass in the Northern city as to amount to a positive scandal, threatening the popularity of the game. The serious and as yet uncontradiotcd, charges against four of the members of team are very suggestive of a state of things which is likely to arise unless wagering on football matches is discontinued. The evils of the turf must not be introduced into the football field.”

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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7980, 8 August 1889

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FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 7980, 8 August 1889