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FOOTBALL.

MAORIS v. OTAGO.

The weather for the match wassplendid, although a heavy breeze was blowiug. The attendance was very satisfactory, a large crowd lining the ground, while the grqnd stand was also extremely well patronised. The local men played iu light blue uniforms on account of there being a possibility of complications arising in consequence of the respective colors dark blue and black—being similar. Upon the teams lining out the visitors were received with cheers from the local team and a round of applause from the spectators, to which they reanonded with a cheer and then cried “ Ake, iike, km kaha.'' The Maoris, winning the toss, elected to play with the wind. The respective teams were constituted as follow :

Thomas returned the kick-off well, and the first scrum was formed in mid-field, the pall going into touch some yards iip the line. JCeogh came round the scrum in good style, but Cran was at his back and caused him to drop the ball. The Bines, head by Crawford, got on a splendid dribbling rush, but the Maoris claimed a free kick for an infringement, and the ball was called back. The leather then appeared in Otago’s twenty - fives, and a moment afterwards E, Warbrick scored without being touched, although Thomas made a game attempt to shove him into touch. The kick at goal proved resultless, the score thus being—Maoris, 1 point; Otago, nil. After the kick-out some good lihe-out and loose scrum play was shown, Thomas with a good punt, staving off an attack by the Maoris, who, however, had them on the defensive, and from a quick pasa by Jieogh, the Maoris again scored, the kick at goal this time being successful. Score: Maoris, 4 points; Otago, nil. The three-quarter-backs of the Native team were playing a splendid game, taking Jong passes in good style, while the forwards were working like Trojans. quick following up of the latter soon had its effect, and Otago was placed on the defensive, Thomas being conspicuous in preventing a score. The Blues then rallied, and some splendid play ensued in mid-field, pass after pass being given and taken without any advantage being gained. Then a rush by the Maori forwards took the ball to the Blues’ line, where another try was gained, and the place-kick again being the visitors’ score was raised to 7 points. Mainly owing to good scrum work, the Blues took the ball up the field; J£eogh,

Gage, ami Elliot doing good work for the Maoris, while Lynch, Downes, Isaacs, and Crawford were doing yeomen’s service for the local team. The ball was kept well into the visitors’ territory by the Blues’ forwards, who made short dashes occasionally, in which Morris and Gibson were conspicuous. The leather was gradually worked down the field, and it was noticed that the wind had shifted, it driving long punts from the field into touch. After a throw-in from touch Keogh made a splendid dodgy run, and scored, and Ellison succeeded in registering the major point, the visitors score then standing at 10 points to Otago’s nil. Cries of “ Play up, Blues” and “What are you doing, Blues?” were heard, and the local men responded by carrying the leather into the Maoris’ territory, where Madigan did some good work, Elliot taking the ball to midfield Downes, Morris and Lynch retaliated with a splendid rush, which resulted in the Maori full-back being obliged to foice down, .Shortly afterwards Montgomery gained some ground, but passed wildly, and the chance was lost. By fast play, however, the ball was kicked over the line, and a race between Warbrick, Downes, and Lynch resulted in another force down being recorded. After some uninteresting play a rush by the Blue forwards resulted in Crawford, who was following up splendidly, scoring near the flag, although one of hia opponents claimed a maul, which was disallowed. Torrance took the kick, but failed to secure the desired goal, Scores : Maoris, 10 points; Otago, 1 point. The local men mado some fine dribbling rushes after this, but the fast play of the Natives prevented any score until from a pass from Cran, Downes potted a goal amidst loud applause, this putting the visitors 6 points to the good. Then tho Maoris livened up and gave Otago a lively five minutes, an apparent score being disallowed by tho officials. A scrum was formed right on the line, but the Blues managed to clear their lines l»y a good dribbling rush. For the first ten minutes of the second spell play was of a vacillating description, the passing of the local men being a decided improvement on their previous play. The splendid defensive play of the Maori backs Erevented any score being made although ynch, Downes, Cran, and Morris (Otago), Madigan, and Keogh (Maoris) made great attempts to cross the lines of their respective opponents. A loose dribbling rush, headed by A. Morris, then took place, and that player passing most unselfishly to Downes, the latter travelled at a good place, and keeping ahead of Warbrick (full-back), scored near the posts. Torrance took the kick, but failed to place a goal. Scores: Natives, 10 points; Otago, 5 points. Shortly afterwards F. Warbrick obtained possession of the leather from the line-out, and after a short dodgy run scored. Ellison took tho kick, but failed to place a goal, although the attempt was a creditable one. Some smart play was then shown by Maynard, Williams, Ellison, Madigan, Elliot, and Keogh, but the fast forward play of the Blues prevented any ground being gained. A smart rush by the local forwards resulted in a scrum being formed near the corner flag; but the Maoris’ halves were too smart, and managed to clear their lines before Lynch, who was struggling hard to get across, scored. Back went the ball to tho Blues’ quarters, from where it was rushed by Morris, Stephenson, Gibson, and Tattersal. Downes, however, gave the Maoris a freo kick for off-side play, but the forwards getting in front of the ball a scrum was formed. Then Crawford came away with a smart dribble, and, being backed up well, managed to place the visitors on the defensive. The Blues’ forwards, anxious to score, kicked too hard, and the ball went into touch-in-goal. Play of a fast nature ensued, Lynch doing good service, and bowling over some of the sturdy Maoris in fine style. _ Tho ball was kept for some time in the visitors’ quarters until Keogh came away with a smart run, but he was collared well by Cran. Tho ball was again rushed to the Maoris’ quarters, where tho Blues secured a free kick in consequence of tho Maori full-back lying on the ball. Torrance took the kick, but did not allow for the wind. Some good play,was then shown by the forwards, until Downes secured a mark, which was appealed against by the Maoris, but the protest was disallowed, Downes taking his kick amidst aplause. The passing of the Blues had greatly improved, and excitement ran high as Downes took a pass neatly. The applause was loud and long-continued when the Alhambra threequarter sent the ball flying over the bar, thus making the scores stand : Maoris 11 points ; Otago 8 points. The Maoris responded gamely to their skipper, and rushed the ball to the Blues’ line, from which place Morris, Stephenson, and Montgomery carried it to midfield. Then the Blues gave the Blacks considerable trouble, and worked hard to equalise tho score, but were prevented by the good play of the Maori backs, especially Madigan, Elliot, and Warbrick, The game thus resulted in a win for the Maoris by 3 points. A PECULIAR DECISION, CHRISTCHURCH, August 10. In regard to the Press Association’s message this morning stating that the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union will not sanction any match with the Native team played outside of Napier, Mr Hoben, secretary of the H.B. Union, writes to the ‘ Star ’ saying that ho had full authority given him before leaving to arrange extra matches, also, that as nearly all the senior delegates constituting the union are with the team in Christchurch, they cannot understand the message, for they are all unanimously in favor of playing Warbrick’s team either at Dunedin or Christchurch.

MAORIS. OTAGO. Foil-back. Foil-back. 9t lb et lb W. Warbtick 12 10 Thomas .. 12 13 Tiirbk-qoartbrs. Tiirer-quartrrs. Midiean .. IS 0 Lynch 13 R TV. Wynyard 11 8 Downes .. 11 3 D. Gaga 11 IP Turnbull 11 7 IlALyps. Halves. Elliot 13 0 Craw lord .. 10 3 Koouh 1-1 0 C an 11 2 F Warhrlck 11 4 Forwards. Forwards. Ellison .. 12 S D Torrance 12 0 Taiaroa .. .. 11 10 ,I. Duncan,. .. 12 0 Maynard .. 13 0 A Gibson .. .. 12 4 Williams .. 14 10 TV. Gibson.. 14 0 Goldsmith 12 0 Stephenson 12 0 Cook 13 7 A. W. Morris 12 3 Rsne 13 7 Tattersail .. 12 7 A. Warbri.k 12 10 Isaacs 12 3 Montgomery 14 0 Average TVeioiit. Average Weight. Backs 12 2 Backs 11 10 Forwards .. 12 IS Forwards .. 12 9 Team 12 8 Team 12 4

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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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