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FOOTBALL.

The Manawatu representatives arrived by the express last night, and were met at the station by the reception committee of the Rugby Union. The match against Hawke's Bay will be played at Farndon Park to-day, commencing at 3.15 p.m, The special train will leave at 2.25 p.m. The visiting team is a very strong one, and is confident of giving the local players a hard tussle for supremacy. The following are the faults the Rev. Mr Mullineux found in the play of the Australian footballers, which he termed " deliberate breaches of the rules " : "First: The great thing is the trick of holding people back when they are coming away from the scrum. Second: On the line-out pushing the man who hasn't got the ball. Ais an Australian and B is an Australian. They each push an opponent away, and C, another Australian, comes through with the ball. This is not football. We never see a man doing this at Home Third : Putting an elbow into a man's face in the scrum. I am told that the Australian remedy for this is to bite the hand. But we haven't yet mastered the art of cannibalism. The other thing is shouting after an opponent for a pass. It is the lowest thing I have ever heard of. It is taking a mean advantage. All these things I have mentioned because I have seen and experienced them in the game. Please blot them out of your football. Instead of developing all that is manly and English in your football, they will develop what is unmanly. • You have got as good men in Australia as we have at Home, and I merely bring these things forward because I think they should be eradicated."

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FOOTBALL., Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11312, 24 August 1899

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FOOTBALL. Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11312, 24 August 1899

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