The match between Canterbury and Hawke'a Bay at Lancaster Park on Saturday ended in favor of the latter by a goal to a try. Canterbury winning the toss, chose the eastern goal, thus having the benefit of the wind, which blew fresh all the afternoon. The first spell was decidedly in favor of Canterbury, who, although unable to score, very nearly did so on at least half a dozen occasions. Shortly after the game started Cresswell made a pot, which went very near the posts, and M'Lean, who was consistently fed by Hobbs, bowled through hia opponents in a style highly appreciated by the spectators. Three times he got to within a yard of the line before being pulled down by the united efforts of three or four of the visitors. Now and again the Napier forwards would come with a rush which cleared their lines, Robson, fliroa, and Morrison being particularly conspicuous, while Lowry, VVi flapi, and Taku made some daßhing runs. The runs of Robson were very much after the style of Stoddart, the Englishman, and he at first slipped through the Canterbury forwards by clever dodging. On the part of Canterbury, Ward and Plank, besides the others mentioned, were very near scoring—the former once getting on to the line, while Plank twice dribbled over and lost the ball. The constant attack of Canterbury brought into play the magnificent defensive powers of the Napier full-back (Lequesue), but for whom the visitors would have fared badly. He collared and stopped rushes grandly, and the latter took a lot of stopping at times. The second spell was very evenly contested. Though Napier had more defensive work to do than Canterbury at first, the visitors mado the game very lively, and for something like a quarter of au hour kept Canterbury busily at work within their half. Then play became more even, both teams of forwards rousing enthusiasm by their spirited play, which was open and fast. After their ttrenuous attack had failed, Napier were gradually driven back and Canterbury had their turn. Garrard headed charge after charge on their goal, which met with_ determined resistance, M'Rae and Friday being conspicuous. It was chiefly due to the scarcity of passing amongst Hawke's Bay backs that Canterbury were enabled to maintain their position. VVi Bapi, the fast man, had to make nearly all his own work, when a few judicious passes to him would have been of immense benefit to the team. From a throw in from touch Riley got the ball and passed to Hobbs, who threw to Cresswell. Wi Hapi collared the latter close to the corner flag, and Bhoved him into touch. The ball being quickly returned into play, Garrard secured it aud fell over the line, scoring first point. Cresswell's attempt was a failure. Immediately after Evans got over the line, but the try was not allowed. Aided by free kicks Bawke's Bay worked into their opponents' quarters, where some very hot work ensued; but for Hobbs's watch over Lowry, Napier must have scored. After being charged down several times the latter changed his tactics, and on receiving the ball took a pot, which went under the bar. From a scrummage Friday secured possession, and running round the back of his own men, made a quick but successful shot at goal, the ball going just inside the post. With only about five minutes to play, Canterbury made strenuous but ineffectual efforts to equalise
the scores—Cresswell, Ward, Hobbs, and M'Lean making good runs. The forwards also played well, but the defence proved impregnable, and the match ended as above. Taking the game as a whole Canterbury had the best of it, and by the exercise of a little judgment would have scored more than one try. ______ mm^ _
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7983, 12 August 1889
FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 7983, 12 August 1889
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