TARANAKI v. SOUTHLAND.
VICTORY FOR TARANAKI.
(PER PREBS ASSOCIATION.) Invbrgargill, August 80. The first match between Taranaki and Southland, whioh was played today in beautiful weather, with bright sunshine and no wind, was won by the visitors by 8 points to nil.
A try was secured by Pearson, and converted by Humphries, in the first spell, and a try by O'Carroll in the second spell. The visitors were much the heavier team. Great interest was taken in the match, 4000 people being present. Although the visitors won, a much smaller soore would have better represented the merits of the teams'. Southland was on tbe aggressive in the first spell. T. Purdue nearly kicked a goal from a mark. A likely score was also lost by Bain losing possession of the ball. Bodgers, the Southland kick, mulled a long kiok from Mynott, and Taranaki rushed the ball over the line, Pearson scoring. In the 'last ten minutes of the spell Southland was strongly on the aggres* sive, but the visitors' tackling stood them in good stead. For the winners Holdsworth worked hard and well ; Allen at three-quarters, was the pick of the wings, but did not get much show, Taranaki placing reliance almost entirely on their for* wards. Humphries, behind the scrum, was clever and dodgy, and got in some marvellous kicks when surrounded. Although beaten in the scrum, the Tarauaki forwards won the game, though their play was not elegant. Wbon in possession they oarried all before them. O'Dowda was the best of the forwards ; Pearson and Lambie were also oonspioious. The visitors left for Dunedin imy mediately the game was finished. CHRISTCHURCH V. WELLINGTON INTER-COLLEGE MATCH. Christghurgh, August 30. Christ's College beat Wellington College by six points (2 tries) to four (a potted goal.) The Wellington men were quite out-, played, and gave a poor exhibition. WELLINGTON DEFEATS HAWKE'S BAY. Wellington, August 80. Wellington defeated Hawke's Bay to-day by 8 points to three. The visitor's forwards more than held their own with the local men, but the latter's backs made up for the deficiency. For Wellington, Burns and Bonor scored tries, the former's being converted ; while for the visitors McVay kicked a penalty goal. 1 Alf Bayly did not take part in the Southland match, remaining in Dunedin. Comparing Mr Mullineaux's team of English footballers with our New Zealand representatives, the Sydney Referee says : Shall we ever forget how in 1897, in the final of the three matches, the New Zealanders paralysed the Welshman .by tbe brilliancy of their passing at top speed. New Zealanders are more resouroeful and more brilliant in attack than the English team." Mr H. Ot. Holland, of the Auckland Referees' Association, who witnessed the Englishmen play a few of their matches, said, in answer to a Sydney (Referee reporter : " I have not been greatly impressed with the play of the Englishmen, with tbe exception of Nioholls, who is undoubtedly a brilliant all-rouni man. The tackling of their backs is, however, really first-class, and equal to anything in New Zealand. Each tackier gets the ball as well as the man. Compared with New Zealanders the pace of their forwards is only moderate, and they also seem to have no ability to make scoring openings."
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FOOTBALL., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 5016, 31 August 1899
FOOTBALL. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 5016, 31 August 1899
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