AUCKLAND v. CANTERBURY. A VICTORY FOR CANTERBURY. The match between Canterbury and Aucklandwas played at Lancaster Park yesterday in splendid weather—not too warm, the edge being taken off the sun's rays by a refreshing breeze which blew all the afternoon. Every condition favored a fast game, the ground being in particularly good order. Canterbury gained the try which won them the match in tho first spell, and that Auckland did not make a draw was due to rather hard luck, which is referred to in the report of tho play.
Weekes, the Canterbury captain, won the toss, and naturally took the wind. The Auckland team all round, both forwards and backs, consisted of larger and heavier men than Canterbury, who, though giving away a fair amount of weight in the scrummages, yet had the be3t of them. O'Connor, Elliott, and Lusk did not play for Auckland, who felt their lota when the pinoh came. At the start the play was sharp and decisive. Herrold and Braund were the first to show up with a piece of clean, pretty passing, which Wilson stopped in the Canterbury twenty-five. The Canterbury forwards replied with a series of sharp bursts, and Evans coming through the scrum with the leather transferred it to Lowry, who was bowled over by Masefield just as ho was looking dangerous. From the scrummage that was formed, Lowry, from his position at centre half, secured the ball, and throwing to Hobbs, the latter whipped it across to Surman, the fust man of the team. Surman showed his opponents a clean pair of heels, and had got across the line when Warbrick tackled him and threw him into touch-in-goal. This piece of play was so smartly carried out that not an official was in a position to see if the ball had been grounded before Surman was [ thrown into touch. After an argument had been held by the umpires, captain, and referee, a force down was declared, Folj lowing this Hobbs intercepted a pass and went up to Warbrick, and in a hot rally that ensued Wilson was handled in a manner that put him all abroad for some minutes. Indeed, it took a lot of the steel | out of him, and for the remainder of the [ game there was an absence of his accustomed dash. It was about this time that Rees sent the ball out swiftly to Masefield, who met with no opposition at all from Wilson, and very little from the Canterbury full-back,who Beemed completely unnerved for the moment, and Masefield was allowed to pnrsue his course down the field unchecked. When within about half a dozen yards of the Canterbury line, however, Hutton overtook him and brought him down, and a grand chance of scoring was lost through a neglect to back up. This neglect in backing up was the worst feature of Auckland'B play. The forwards followed up without the slightest particle of dash, and consequently lost many opportunities which might have been turned to profit. The play that followed Masefield's run was of an exciting nature for a few minutes, and Hobbs and Surman were kept at work in stalling off the attacks of Herrold, Masefield, and Jervois, Canterbury finally cleared their quarters, and Hepburn, Surman, Lowry, and Donnelly were instrumental in carrying the play into the Auckland twenty-five. Heffernan broke through the Canterbury forwards, and with M'Kenzie and Maynard made the best rush of the day. Herrold and Jervois joined in, and a score was prevented by Canterbury forcing down. Following the kick-out, Hobb3 gave Surman a pass, which, had it been taken, must have resulted in a score, as Surman was unmarked at the time. Then Lowry got the ball to Surman, who, after running to within a few yards of the line, kicked across to Cochrane, who had no difficulty in getting across. Garrard failed in the kick at goal. For some considerable time after this Auckland were compelled to play a defensive game until M'Kenzie, Herrold, and Rees carried the play past the half-way. Bean and Ebert transferred it back again by very clever foot work, which was stopped just short of the Auckland goal. The second spell was a mixture of fast forward play, good passing, and tedious line work. At first Canterbury had slightly the best of it, keeping the play for some time in the Auckland quarters, Lowry, Hobbs. Surman, and Cochrane made repeated attempts to get through the opposing backs, who owed the safety of their lines to their splendid collaring. Almost right in front of the Auckland gcal, Canterbury were allowed a free kick for an Auckland forward handling the ball in the scrummage, but Marshall made a very poor attempt at the placekick. Jervois, Herrold, Rees, Braund, and Masefield put in some splendid work, passing, running, and kicking in splendid style, but the forwards lacked life, their play at times being very weak. Several of them showed a tendency to wing the scrummage, a game which lost them far more than it gained. Hobbs and Lowry, particularly the former, played magnificently for Canterbury. Hobbs seemed to be übiquitous, his grand play in every department bringing forth repeated cheering from the spectators. As the end approached, Auckland infused more spirit into their play, and made most determined attacks on the Canterbury goal. Herrold was stopped just short of the Canterbury line by Surman, and immediately afterwards Rees secured a paEB from the line-out, and it was only by the greatest of luck that Wilson prevented him from 6coring. As it was, Rees managed to pass to Masefield, who stood out by the touch-line all alone, without friend or foe near him. Ssrman's great pace was the means qf saving Canterbury, as he caught Masefield just in time to stop a score. Canterbury carried the scrummage that was formed, but the ball going to Herrold, he kicked it over the line and chased it. In falling he missed it, and in missing it lost Auckland's chance of a draw. No side was then called, leaving Canterbury winners by a try to nil. The play of the Canterbury team was a surprise to everyone, while disappointment was expressed over the Auckland display. Their backs were very good, but the forwards, though at times lively, on the whole were wanting in dash,
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 8004, 5 September 1889
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