FIGHTING TO KEEP IT
Manawhenua Take No Risks With Keen Wanganui (Prom "N.Z. Truth's" Palmerston North Representative.) MANAWHENUA jwere again successful m their second Ranfurly Shield challenge match at Palmerston North on Saturday last, defeating Wanganui by 25 to 6, the Shield-holders' most decisive victory this season. •
A PERFECT spring- afternoon, a springy turf and the absence of wind to hinder the players led the public to expect some bright Rugby, but Manawhenua again relied upon their forwards who played a spoiling game and there were but few occasions when either sets of backs were able to swing into action. Jacob, as m the Taranaki game, placed Manawhenua three points up within the first three minutes of the game by goal mg 1 from a penalty awarded against Wanganui for off-side play. Leahy retaliated m like manner for Wanganui and the score was 3 all after 20 minutes' play. Heatley bustled Jones m the Wanganui twenty-five where McDonald regained possession after a short punt, and bumping Darby aside went on to score a well-merited try which was not converted. Tremewan and Anderson, the Manawhenua hookers, then brought play near their objective. Jacob, though tackled, stretched out his long arms as he was falling and succeeded m placing the ball over the line for a try which he converted, giving his team a half-time advantage of eight points. After the "breather," the Manawhenua forwards set to with a will, and only good lining by Darby, the Wanganui full-back, kept them at bay. McDonald, however, received from W. Parata on the blind side, going on to enable Jacob to kick a doubtful goal making the score Manawhenua 16 — 3. Wanganui did not permit the score to remain unaltered long, a strong forward attack resulting m Johnston scoring within a minute of the kick-off. Soon after, Parsons found an opening to score m a handy position, but Jacob failed with an easy kick. Jacob's Ladder Play swung up and down field until Hunt gave the ball to McDonald who accelerated, and beating the opposition, went on to bag an unconverted try — his third for the game. Just before the end Tremewan added to Manawhenua's total by scoring from a line-out near the goal-line. Jacob failed to defend his half-back, but was again the brains of his team, and with Parsons, Miles and Tremewan was quick to worry the Wanganui backs. He showed fine anticipation, aiding his backs m attack and defence when the occasion arose. Tremewan and Anderson were most unhappy m the front row of the scrum m the first half, but went better m the second spell, getting more of the ball. Both players went hard throughout the game and were the two fittest men on the field. Tremewan's try once again showed that he has a good football brain. Parsons, Crawford and Miles were well up with the ball all day, but all three should learn to tackle low and to forget the "loving embrace" method.
Galpin did not get the ball In the line-out as much as he did against Taranaki, some of the Wanganui forwards using their height to good advantage to rob him of it. The chief fault of the Manawhenua forwards was the lack of support accorded to their backs. When the forwards had given the backs the ball they were content to let them manage as best they could instead of running round to assist m the attack. W. Parata, scrum half, played an excellent game, and with Bellis, Johnston and Leahy to trouble him, his was no easy task. Feeding his backs upon every possible occasion, he also showed a judicious use of the blind side when he gave McDonald his second try. Mete made his reappearance as a Manawhenua representative and though he was not impressive he was streets ahead of T. Parata, who replaced him m the second half. Mullins was well marked by Vangioni and while he was safe he failed to shine. Hunt, at centre, lacked finish m attack, but was very useful m assisting his full-back, Williamson, who was off form. McDonald, right wing, played a slashing game and is developing a strong fend, not unlike that of J. Steel's. Roberts, on the other wing, had a hard man against him m Hartley and though he strove hard, he was unable to get past the Wanganui man. The Darby Winner Darby, the visiting full-back, gave an excellent showing, never failing to take the ball cleanly, he was also often able to change the venue of play with strong kicks to the line. Vangioni is an ex-Wairarapa player who learnt his Rugby at Sacred Heart College, Auckland. A born opportunist, he invariably raised the hopes of his supporters whenever Mullins and Hunt allowed him to handle the ball on attack. Blythe, the connecting link between the backs and forwards, was too fond of the blind-side and many an opportunity to open up the play was lost by selfishness. Bellis did not have Jacob's condition and though he was quick round the scrum and occasionally at the head of a forward attack, it was difficult to recognise m him an ex-wearer, of the All Black jersey. Pine and Coulson are a fine pair of hookers and receiving plenty of support from their supports and back -rankers, they got the ball more often than Manawhenua m the first half. Johnston and Leahy were the pick of the pack who, though they held Manawhenua m the first half, lacked condition towards the end of the game. Oxley and Ellery were generous with their labors m the tight.
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FIGHTING TO KEEP IT, NZ Truth, Issue 1136, 8 September 1927
FIGHTING TO KEEP IT NZ Truth, Issue 1136, 8 September 1927
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