CANTERBURY v, SOUTHLAND. The match Canterbury v. Southland was played at Invercargill yesterday in fine weather, with a stiffish north wind blowing down the ground, of which the visitors had the advantage in the first spell. Fourteen hundred persons were present, and heartily appreciated the play of the visitors, who secured good opinions both on and off the field. Southland won by 13 points to 3 their first win in five matches against Canterbury, last year’s game being drawn. Behind the scrum the teams were about equal. Iu weight the forward local division was the heavier, but the visitors more then held their own, Southland’s advantage being in the line-out and in the loose rushes. Price won the toss and Jenkins kicked off against the wind. Glennie’s return was stopped by Purdue near the visitors’ twentyfive. The Reds (Southland) immediately got a free kick, but this was charged down and the ball went out at the centre. A passing rush by Canterbury was stopped by. Ward, who sent the ball out near the centre.; A free kick to the Colors (Canterbury) by O’Brien was badly judged by the local fullback, and the Reds were pub on the defence. From a scrum Price started a passing rush, but Jenkins relieved by a kick to neutral ground. A fine rush by the Colors was stopped in the nick of time by Manson at the Reds’ corner flag, and Purdue and Lennie broke through Canterbury’s ranks. Short passing by the local forwards was followed by grand work by Middleton and Menzies, who were stopped by Ward at the Reds’ twenty-five. Another rush by Canterbury was stopped in front of the local goal, Ward marking and kicking out at the Reds’ ’twenty-five -flag. A Southland rush—Pardue, Lennie, and Anderson being prominent —engaged Menzies, who quickly regained the lost ground- After give-and-take play, a free kick to Canterbury, taken by Glennie, gained'a lot of ground, and a rush by the forwards looked dangerous, Murphy kicking behind his own line. Neat passing by the Colors was followed by Price trying a pot shot at goal, but his kick was charged down. Purdue broke away from a scrum, -and dribbled past the centre, and fine passing by the Reds ended in Bain being grassed in the Colors’ ground. A free kick to Canterbury and a mark by Price sent the play to the Southland end, and for an infringement Fitzgerald made a good attempt at goal. Soon after this the same player got another free kick, and put the ball over the bar. The ball being again in motion, a Canterbury back mulled it, and passing, by the Reds carried it to the visitors’ line, but Lorimer marked, and by a gigantic kick sent the ball to the fifty flag. After the changing of ends Bain sent the leather into the Colors’ ground, a free kick to Lorimer relieving. Hirst marked and Manson had an unsuccessful shot, and the Colors forced down. Fitzgerald kicked out, but Manson returned to the visitors’ quarters, and from a free kick M'Robie had a futile shot. From a scrum the ball went to Hirst, who passed, and Murphy scored between the posts, Manson converting. The Colors attempted a passing rush, but gained little, and a hard kick by Bain enabled them to force. Manson had a pot at goal/and another force followed. Bad passing by the Colors let Hirst clean away, and he scored behind the posts, Manson again converting. Menzies and O’Brien then took the leather to the Southland territory, and play followed in neutral ground. A rush and short runs again put the Colors in difficulties, but Johnstone got his side out of trouble. A free kick to the locals was made good use of, and another infringement let Manson have another shot, which finished Southland’s score. From this the visitors were mo.stly on the defensive, and the leather was near their quarter when the whistle went.
Lorimer saved on numerous occasions. Menzies (who was the pick of the threequarter backs) and Price, behind tho scrum, were good. Johnstone, Thomson, and Duggan were the best of the Canterbury forwards. WELLINGTON RUGBY UNION. At a meeting of the Wellington Rugby Union yesterday a motion that the Union decline to endorse the suspension of Calnan and Roberts by the New Zealand Rugby Union without seeing the whole of the evidence on which the players were sentenced Avas lost on the casting vote of the chairman.
The following resolution was carried : “ That this Union are satisfied, from the fact of no protest having been made by the Otago representative players, as well as from the remarks of disinterested and impartial observers, that the play in the OtagoWellington match was perfectly legitimate and without the slightest foundation for the charge of roughness, but that in the interest of the players themselves the Managing Committee are recommended to make the fullest inquiry into the circumstances.” M'Kenzie, captain of the Wellington team, said he courted an inquiry into the conduct of his team while in Dunedin.
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FOOTBALL, Evening Star, Issue 10427, 23 September 1897
FOOTBALL Evening Star, Issue 10427, 23 September 1897
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