HAWKE'S BAY V. OTAGO. This match was played on the Carisbrook Ground yesterday. From the kick-off, the ball soon went into touch, and Leqnesne made a splendid punt in return for a drop kick made in his twenty-five. Shortly afterwards a scrum was tanned in the Colors' territory, but the Blues came through in good style, the ball going into touch just on the liue. 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 style, and gained some applause by a good passing run ; but Thomas kicked well down the Held, 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 the 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 ch.mce by passing forward. A scrun? was formed in mid-field, and the Blues screwed it id 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 defensive powers, and was always in the right place when wanted. The local men were keeping their opponents uncomfortably near their line, but owing to the e.vs;eriic33 of the Blues to score, they always managed to clear their lines by obtaining free kicker Lynch, Downes, Morris, and Stephen son made stienuoun efforts to score, and it was mainly owing to tiicir efforts that a scrum ,vas formed just on the line ; but again the Hawke's Biy men managed to u'oar their lines Montgomery then made a am close to the Colors' line, but was collared well by Kobson, and after a scrum Gibson and an opponent had a maul, whi'.-h insulted in f:ivor of the local man. Lynch took the kick, aud made a good attempt, just, misiing the post by a foot or so. The kick-out was well followed up, but again the Blues when they bad a chance passed forward, and play was shifted up tho field. Stephenson came away with a run, but the ball was culled 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 legs by a 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 splendid style by a good drop-kick. The visitors intercepting a pass to Downes, but immediately afterwards Davie, after a splendid run, passed to Stephenson, and the iatter got across, but the try was disallowed. A pass was given to Downes after the succeeding scrum, and that player with a pretty drop-kick sent the ball across the bar. Score : Otago 4 point 3, Hawke's B.iy nil. Tho visitors rushed tho ball to the Bluea' 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 time, Taku, Lowry, and M'Rae doing good work; but a splendid rush by the Blues' forwards took tho ball to the visitors' quarters, where Lynch, from a pa3s from Downes, put in some gocd play, and managed to keep tho ball near the Hawke's Bay goal-lino. 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 tho scores stand : Otago 5 points, Hawke's Bay nil. After some uninteresting play Morris, Stephenson, Gibson, and M'Farlane did some brilliant passing, and an apparent was disallowed. Wi Hapi and Duncan put in some good work for Hawke's Bay, but, although they did some splendid sprinting, the Blue 3 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 tho score standing thus : Otago 6 points (one goal and three tries), Hawke's Biy nil, The second spell was started by Gibson, and it was seen that the Blues meant business, for the Colors were compelled to force a moment afterwards. Lowry made a good kick down the field, but Davie and Downes Boon worked the leather into tho Colors' territory, and. shortly afterwards Gibson scored, but Montgomery was unable to place the desired goal. After the kick-out the Colors rallied for a short period, but the Blue forwards completely smothered their opponents, and the ball was shortly afterwards kicked into touch near the goal-line. After the line-out Sonntag struggled gamely over the line, but the place kick by Montgomery was again a failure. Then A. Morris had his day, and scoring behind the post the place-kick was entrusted to Restieaux, who, standing close to the ball, and without taking a run, placed a goal. Shortly afterwards Restieaux got across the line, hut had to maul with two Hawke's Bay men, and lost the ball. The Blues were keeping the Colors hard at work defending their lines, and were frequently repulsed owing to the plucky play of Le Quesne, M'Rae, Wi Hape, Taku, and Duncan, who never shirked their wotk in the least, but cleared their lines time after time. Downes passed to D.ivie, and that player, after a splendid sprint with Duncan, was shoved into touch near the corner flag. Isaacs, who had been following up extremely well, lined up quickly, anil not being marked, took Davie'a tbrow-in and fell across the line, but owing to the difficult angle Torrance failed to place the goal. Then the Colors pulled ii. selves together, and made game attempts to register a point against the local men, but the litter by a brilliant combined ruah—in which Stephenson, Isaacs, Morris, Torrance, and Tattereall were conspicuous—and after some accurate passing had been indulged in by Downes, Morris, and Stephenson, were enabled to score. The kick at goal again proved fruitles?. The visitors then made a series of furious attacks on Otago's goal-line, but the good defensive play of Lynch, Cran, Thomas, and Downes was an effectual stopper on their little game. Then tho best piece of passing of the game was seen. Thomas obtained the leather, and when charged he passed to the Dunedin three - quarter, who made a slashing run, passed to Isaacs, who in turn transferred the leather to Gibson, and the latter scored amidst applause. Restieaux was entrusted with the kick, and showed that he was worthy of confidence, raising the local men's score to 16 points. Nothing daunted by the large score recorded against them, the Hawke's Bay men worked like Trojans to gain a try, but it was not to be, and when time was called the ball was in mid-field, with the score standing: Otago 16 points, Hawke's Bay nil. The game was a trifle slow at times in the first spell, but in the second half play waa very fast indeed. The forwards of the visiting team were so light that the local men completely smothered them, and this being the case, we can hardly give a decided opinion as to the playing powers of the backs. Wi Duncan, Taku, and Lowry did good work, their efforts being ably seconded by Wi Hape. As full back, Le Quesne had rather much to do, but tackled splendidly, although the continued attacks made on his line tried his staying powers to the utmost. Of the forwards little need bo said, as they were too light to do much service; but there wero one or two who seemed to court, rather than to shirk, work. The local men played a good game all round, Davie and Restieaux proving themselves thorougly deserving of their place in the team. Downes, as usual, played a sterling game, as did Thomas and Lynch. Cran also put in some good work, but hia brother half should pass more. In the scrum Torrance, Isaacs, Montgomery, Tattersall, and Sonntag were always hard at it, while in the loose Morris, Stephenson, and M'Farlane were far and away the best, The ground was, although somewhat spongy, in good condition ; while Secretary Home and the Committee are to be congratulated on the completeness of the arrangements. The officials were : Messrs W. D. Milne and D. White, umpires for Otago and Hawke s Bay respectively; Mr W. Wyinks referee.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889
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