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WELLINGTON, September 11. The New, Zealand Rngby Union refused the reqbeot 6f the Wellington Union for a copy of the evidence uDtm which the recent disqualifications were basbd',- on the ground that the men were lihder the control of the New Zealand Union, and a'orile of the evidence was of a confidential nature.

It was decided to take no action re providing medals for members of the team/ as the local unions are not unanimous on the l matter. ■ WELLINGTON v. OTAGO. The interprovincial football match between the representative teams of Wellington and Otago was played on the Carisbrook Ground this afternoon. The weather was all that conld be desired, and there were close on 5,000 persons on the ground. The teams were as follow j

Wellington won the toss and elected to defend the railway end, and Priest kicked off and M'Kenzie returned. From the serum near the centre Mason carried the leather well to the twenty - five. The game was soon" very fast. Wood had a,shek at goal, but the ball went wide, but crossed the' line." Baumber tried

to kick out, but missed the oval, and Armib rushed just in time and fell oniK'eball, scoring a try for Otago within throe minutes of the start of the play. Priest took the kick, but failed to enhance the score. Several minutes of scrum and close play about the centra was terminated by a free kick being' given against the Blues. The kick was well returned, and Piiest, rushing up, collared Pritchard as he was going at full speed across the field. Macdonald got a mark, and Duncan, following up well, kept the leather near the Blacks’ twenty-five. Mason

again : came out prominently, and carried the ball to near the line, where unfortunately he lost it, and the Blacks were forced down. After the kick-out play wae centred for a while, but a line passing rush by the Blacks made matters mors lively. From a scrum the ball was kicked down to Otago’s line, where Ross failed to take it, and Adams, who followed up, had a chance, but Macdonald rushed in and forced. The Blacks returned to the charge, and gave Otago a warm five minutes. Hardcastle got the ball from the scrum near the line, and passing to Adams that player struggled across the line and scored. Campbell failed

in the attempt at goal. Lzss than twenty minutes had elapsed, and each side had a try to their credit. Otago worked the ball well up to the Northerners’ twenty-five. After several minutes of very uninteresting play the Blacks were forced as the result of a hard kick across the line. The Blues renewed the attack, and bad a good chance 6f scoring, but both Wood and Macdonald made a mistake at an important moment, and the chance was lost. A loose ifush by the Blacks entered Otago’s twenty-five, but Wood, (Blue) intercepted the pass from Wood (Black)', and fan right up to the full-back, where he was coflared from behind. The Blues’ forwards charged down, and Baumber saved in the nick of time. At this stage a series of casualties took place. Mason was temporarily disabled by a

severe wound in the arm, and he had only returned to play, after being attended to by Dr Roberts, when Wood (Otago) was hurt in the head, and Dr Roberts was again in requisition. O’Shea was asked to take Wood’s place at centre, but refused to do so. Wood went to full-back and Ross at centre three-quarters until a substitute could be found. A free kick to the Blacks through Mason lying on the ball was given, and Campbell made a good attempt at goal. The Blues rallied and carried the ball right up to the line, but a chauoe of scoring was lost by hard kicking, a foroe^ resulting. The Otago team returned to their work in real earnest, and Ross made a good run to near the line. The Blacks’ forwards, however, by a good rush, cleared their line. Wood kicked right past all the Otago men, but Wood (Blues) at fall-back got possession and kicked into touch. Half-time was shortly afterwards called without any alteration being made in the score.

At 4.30 p.m. Wellington had added a goal, potted by Hardoastle, to their credit, and the score stood : Wellington 7 points Otago ... ... ... 3points

Mr W. G. Garrard (Christchurch) is referee, and Messrs F. H. Campbell (Otago) and W. Coffey (Wellington) touch judges.

Otaoo (Light Blue). Wellington (Black) FULL-BACK. Rosa st lb 12 10 FULL-BACK. Baumtigf... st lb 11 2 THREE-QUARTERS. Armit 11 Wood 11 Macdonald ... 11 10 4 6 . three-qmiwers. Pritchard 11 5? Wallace I0‘l£ King 10 (? FIV&EIGHT1I9. Duncan (captain) 11 M'Ara ... ... 10 7 2 FIVE-EIGHTH. Kelly 12 8 HALF. Mason 9 0 ... . half. yfrovi 10 8' forwards. Farquharson Ronald Rogerson Burt Priest Hobson Stewart Given 12 0 12 0 12 8 11 8 13 0 11 12 13 0 12 0 FORWARDS. Roe ... ...11 0 Spencer : 11, 0, August 13 & Gallagher 12 0 Douckery 13 0 Adams 12 5 Campbell 13 0 Hardcastle ... 12 lO M‘KenZie(captain) 13 0

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FOOTBALL, Issue 10417, 11 September 1897

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FOOTBALL Issue 10417, 11 September 1897

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