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FOOTBALL, Issue 7984, 13 August 1889
HAWKE'S BAY V. OTAGO. The Otago Rugby Football Union were indeed lucky in being favored with such fine weather for their matcheß with the Maoris and Hawke's Bay. This a'ternoon waa a eplendid one for football, both for players and onlookers, although tho inevitable bretza was blowing down tho field. Tho attendance at the commencement was again satisfactory, but as the afternoon wore on the crowd gained considerably in number. The Hawke's Bay contingent pluyed in blueand-white, while the local men wore the well-known dark blue. The respective teams were constituted as follows :
Upon the teams lining out, it was seen that the visitors were considerably lighter than their opponents, who played a very heavy team, especially among the forwards. Some of tho visitors played in stockings, and their kicking did not in any way suffer by the chaDge from tho usual practico. From the kick-off, the ball soon went into touch, and Lequesno made a splendid punt in return for a drop kick made in his twenty-five. Shortly afterwards a scrum was t armed in the Colors' territory, but the Blues came through in good style, the ball going into touch just on the line. Lynch got the ball, and passed to Downes, who touched down, but the ball was brought back owing to a pass forward. The Colors managed to clear their lines in splendid stylo, and gained some applause by a good passing run; but Thomas kicked well down the field, and a scrum was formed in neutral territory. Lynch again gained some ground, but in attempting to jump over an opponent was grassed. Then the Colors secured a mark, and followed up well, and keeping well on the ball, sent it into touch near tho Blues' territory. In the scrums that followed the local men showed their superiority, and Stephenson and Morris came away in splendid style, but owing to them kicking "too hard the visitors were enabled to kick the ball over the boundary line. Some long-drop kicks were then indulged in by the respective backs, the Blues subsequently losing a chance by passing forward. A scrum was formed in mid-field, and the Blues screwed it in grand style, but Wi Hapi, who saved his side several times, made a good feinting run to neutral ground. This threequarter showed that he possessed good defensivo powers, and was always in the right place when wanted. Tho local men were keeping their opponents uncomfortably near their line, but owing to the eagerness of the Blues to score, they always managed to clear their lines by obtaining free kicks. Lynch, Downes, Morris, and Stephenj son made strenuous efforts to score, ana it was mainly owing to their efforts that a Ecrum was formed just on tho line ; but again the Hawke's Bay men managed to clear their lines. Montgomery then made a run close to the Colors' line, but was collared well by Robson, and after a scrum Gibson and an opponent had a maul, which resulted in favor of the local man. Lynch took the kick, and made a good attempt, just missing the post by a foot or so. The kick-out was well followed up,but again the Blues when they had a chance passed forward, and play was shifted up the field. Stephenßon came away with a run, but the ball was called back, and Saunders. Ross, Fleming, and Lowry, keeping well together, gained considerable ground by a pretty dribble. From a line-out, Sonntag obtained the ball, but the Herculean forforward was lifted clean off his lege by
diminutive Maori amidst loud laughter. Then a splendid rush by the Blues, in which Morris, Montgomery, Sonntag, and M'Farlane were conspicuous took the leather to the Colors' goal - line, but Duncan cleared his lines in Bplendid style by a good drop-kick. The visitors intercepting a pass to Downe3, but immediately afterwards Davie, after a splendid run, passed to Stephenson, and the latter got across, but the try was disallowed. A pass was given to Downes after the succeeding Bcrum, and that player with a pretty drop-kick sent the ball across the bar. Score : Otago 4 points, Hawko's Bay nil. The visitors rushed the ball to the Blues' twenty - five, but Otago could easily have cleared their lines had they not indulged in passing forward. Otago then had a lively time for some timo, Taku, Lowry, and M'Rae doing good work; but a splendid rush by the Blues' forwards took the ball to the visitors' quarters, where Lynch, from a pass from Downes, put in some good play, and managed to keep the ball near the Hawke's Bay goal-line. Davie then, after a brilliant run, scored near the corner flag amidst applause. Torrance took the kick, but did not go near the posts, this making the scores stand : Otago 5 point 3, Hawko's Bay nil. Alter some uninteresting play Morris, Stephenson, Gibson, and M'Farlane did some brilliant passing, and an apparent snore was disallowed. Wi Hapi and Duncan put in some good work for Hawke's Bay, but, although they did some splendid sprinting, the Blues were not to be denied, and eventually Gibson scored near the corner flag. Downes took tho kick, but failed to kick a goal, and the first spell ended with the score standirg thus : Otago 6 points (one goal and threo tries), Hawke's Bay nil. The game resulted as follows :—Otago, 1G points ; Hawke's Bay, nil.
A match was played on tho Belt yesterday between the High street School and the Christian Brothers' School, the former winning by 2 points to 1.
IIAWKE'S BAY. OTAGO. Full-back. FULL-BAC*. 8t lb Bfc lb LtQucsnc.. 12 10 Thomas 12 13 TllREK-yUARTKltS. Turks-quarters. Tnku 12 0 Lynch 13 6 Lowry 11 7 Djwros .. 11 3 Willapo 12 7 Davio 12 7 Halves. Halves. M'Rne 10 2 Cran 11 2 Wi Duncan 12 0 RcBticaux.. 12 0 Forwards. Forwards. Robson 11 12 D Torrance 12 8 Morrison .. 11 12 A. Gibson .. 12 4 Saunders .. 10 11 Storhenson 12 0 Hawkins .. 12 1 A.W.Morris .. 12 3 Boss 11 8 Ta'tersall .. 12 7 Hiroa 12 0 Isaacs 12 3 J. Fleming 10 8 Montgomery 14 0 Corbett .. 10 11 W. M'Firlane 12 7 Nathaniel.. 11 0 Sonatas' .. 14 12
FOOTBALL, Issue 7984, 13 August 1889
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