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FOOTBALL.

AUCKLAND v. OTAGO, The following concludes our report of the above match:— In the second spell Masefield made a run into the Otago quarters, but was unable to get through, ana then Stephenson and Duncan broke clean away from the scrum with a dribbling rush, but a splendid chance of scoring was thrown away, when Lusk was the only man between them and the line, by Stephenson attempting to pick up the ball and knocking it on in the endeavor. The play centred in mid-field for a few minutes, but then Lusk for a second time bad a kick charged down, aud a smart run by Lang put the Colors on the defensive. Lynch and Torrance tried hard to get through, but the visitors collared superbly. A splendid piece of passing, however, in which Lang, Keogh, Lynch, and again Keogh, were the participants, nonplussed them, the lastmentioned player carrying the ball up to the line. Stephenson fell over with it, but was mauled and rolled oat. Lusk secured the ball and kicked to Lynch, who dropped at goal with his left foot. The ball fell under the bar, but this did not matter, as it had previously struck one of the Colors. The visitors forced down, and Lusk kicked out with a splendid drop. Davie mulled the ball, and it went into touch. Heffernan took it on for a few yards, and Jervis assisted with a kick, which would have been more serviceable had it been directed into touch. As it was, Thomas secured the ball and returned it with a long punt into touob, Braund cleverly intercepted a pass that was meant by Keogh for Lang, and the Blues’ goal was placed in danger. Stephenson took advantage of an opening and cleared his lines with a dribble, and Tattersall, backing up well, prevented Warbrick from getting his return, The Colors then buckled together tnd set up a determined attack upon the Blues’ lines. O’Connor started a loose rush from about the centre, and Elliott followed this up with a strong run. The ball next came into the possession of Masefield, who endeavored to run round the Otago backs, and looked like scoring, but Thomas and Lynch threw him a nasty cropper at the corner fiag. The Colors’ passing was closely watched, and by smart following up the Blues gained some breathing room. Isaacs and Duncan dribbled the ball further away, and Davie kicked it up to Lusk, who returned it nicely, and then the Colors made an irresistible rush from about the centre over the Blues’ line. Nearly all the members of the team had a hand (or foot) in this rush, but Hobson, Roland, and Maynard initiated it, anil after a loose scramble behind the line M'Kenzie scored amidst frantic cheering from the Auckland supporters, The applause was renewed when Jervis, for whom the ball was plaped, equalised the score with a well-judged kick, by which a fair goal was registered. Score: Otago, 3 points; Auckland, 3 points. Torrance kicked off, and from Masefield's return Keogh forced the Colors down with a long punt. After an interchange of compliments among the backs, the play centred in neutral territory, Keogh kicked high to Warbrick, who failed to take the ball. M'Farlane was one of the first to be on him, and he carried the ball into dangerous to the Colors’ line, A loose piece of passing by Montgomery enabled O'Connor to save his side, and Reatieanx then potained a mark. Torrance had the ball placed for him, and was the object of general attention as he took his kick, it being felt that this would bo the last chance of scoring afforded to the Blues. The attempt was a splendid one, but the ball flew outside the posts, and a foroa-down was the result. After the kick-out Duncan came away with a fine rush, which Lusk stopped cleverly. Lang, Jervis, Masefield, and Thomas put in some effective kicking; and then Heffernan started a dribbling rush, which Keogh stopped nicely. Shortly afterwards the referee’s whistle sounded, and the game thus ended in a draw. The game was really a splendid one, the teams being very evenly matched, although the Aucklanders at times were a bit too fast for our men. Disappointment was generally felt at the unsatisfactory (many consider it a satisfactory) termination to the game, because the teams will have to meet once more before the question of superiority is settled. As the captain of the Otago team last evening remarked : “ Otago and Auckland can divide honors as the champion provinces in the colony,” although the Northeners did suffer defeat at the bands of .Christchurch. The Auckland team have yet several tough matches before them, for which dates have, we understand, already been fixed. Gould they only postpone their Northern fixtures for a day or two, and allow a return match to be arranged for Saturday next, it would be the means of attracting a still larger crowd than yesterday assembled at Carisbrook, and would doubtless set at rest all doubts as to what province belongs the' honor of being the champions of the football field. We commend this suggestion to the management of the team, and while doing so we recognise that, if it is at all possible, Mr Clayton will endeavor to arrange the match, which would, without doubt, prove the toughest of the season. The game yesterday was fairly fast, but the visitors were net so speedy as was expected, having, we fancy, been slightly overrated in this connection. Every player, however, went on the field determined to do his best, and the consequence was that an exciting game ensued, although play at times was a trifle wild. The Auckland forwards seemed a good lot, and all played a hard game during the first spell; but in the second half several showed an inclination to loaf, walkingquiteunooncemedly to the scrums. When their supporters shouted to them, however, they livened up, and played splendidly, tackling astonishingly well, and playing with no little combination. The forwards frequently were away from the scrum just as the ball was thrown out, and were on the Blues’ backs before they could get clear, frequently gaining considerable ground by adapting these tactics, 'Their backs wore a good all-round lot, but did not 1 come up to expectations, although Rees [showed that he possesses science that was the mfeank of nonplussing the local men more than once. The Otago forwards occasionally played a brilliant game, but never had things all their own way, the Aucklanders stepping in frequently, and generally coming off best when they did so. The Blues’ backs played well, and gained considerable applause for their dodgy play; but here again i the Aucklanders had a say, and stopped many a brilliant piece of play from changing the scene of play. Rees played a splendid hackgame'for Auckland, but Masefield was suffering from a bald arrti, add his jjlay was po£ so brilliant as people expected. Lusk 0# fall was pretty safe, but Jervis seemed to be in great fettle, snd was freequently applauded for his fine play. Albie Braund and Elliott were useful at half, while the remaining three-quarter, Warbrick, showed good running powers, but could scarcely ever get in a good kick, which may oe accounted for by the fact that he twists his foot in a peculiar manner when kicking, M'Kenzie, Poland, (i Snowy," and Maynard were the pick of the forwards, O'Connor (who was playing a splendid game) not playing well after receiving a nasty kick, Thomas was as usual safe as the Otago full - back, and Lynch was the pick of the three-quarters, although Lang made a very close run for first honors. The latter (whose weight is 10st lib, and not 9at 111b as stated yesterday) played a sterling game from start to finish, and in every way deserved his place la the team. Davie played well at times, but fumbled the ball occasionally, Keogh received great attention from the Auckland players, and scarcely ever got a show in the first spell, but in the second half he managed to give tyem a . taste of his powers. Restieaux

played a sterling game from start to finish, and ably seconded Keogh’s efforts. The forwards played with some little combination, but Torrance, Duncan, Isaacs, and Montgomery were about the best, the players named forming a formidable quartet. Stephenson was decidedly off, shirking scrum work and getting off-side frequently, but when the ball was worked loose he showed up prominently, following up well. The game was a most enjoyable one, and was played in the most friendly manner, the officials’ decisions being accepted with the best possible grace. COMPLIMENTARY DINNER. The Auckland team were entertained by the Otago Rugby Football Association last evening at a complimentary dinner held in the City Hotel. The president of the union, Dr Coughtrey, occupied the chair, and was supported on the right by Mr Wells, captain of the visiting team, and on the left by Mr Torrance, captain of the Otago team. After ample justice had been done to the good things provided by Host Nixson, and the loyal toasts duly honored, The Chairman then proposed the health of the Auckland team, remarking that when in the early part of the season it was doubted whether Auckland would send down a team, members of the union felt that the season would not be a success without a match between two such teams. Interprovincial jealousies were disappearing, and this happy result was to a large extent due to the visits of interprovincial teams. The good done by the visit of the English team was evident in every important match played since their , advent, but in none so much as that played that day. He wished to specially draw attention to the fact that their visitors from Auckland had visited them as an amateur team, paying all their own expenses, and he hoped they would soon send a team to Auckland on the same lines. The Union had found the Auckland fellows a sterling lot, and to entertain whom was a great pleasure. He hoped they would carry awaypleosant memories of their visit.

The toast, coupled with the name of the Auckland captain, Mr Wells, was drunk with uproarious applause, Mr Weixs, in responding, said he regretted that the task bad not been in abler hands. He was glad to be able to say that the contest was the most pleasant they had ever played. The Auckland team had been extremely well received in Dunedin, and he was sure that when an Otago team visited Auckland they would meet with a cordial reception. He concluded by proposing the “Otago Team,” Mr Tobbance, in responding, endorsed the remarks of the Auckland captain regarding the friendly nature of the match, and said that although he should have liked to have seen the Otago team win, he considered it no small honor to make a draw with such a powerful team. He wished the Auckland team no less fortune during the remainder of their tour. Regarding a suggestion by Mr Wells that line umpires should be apt pointed in interprovincial matches, he fully endorsed the idea, and hoped in future to see it carried into practice, “The Umpires and Referee” and “The Rugby Union ” were the other toasts proposed and responded to. During the evening songs and recitations were given by Messrs E. Towsey, Montgomery, Sonntag, Marchbanks, Restieaux, Milne, Isaacs, and others.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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