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NEW ZEALAND v. AUSTRALIA.

EAST WEN FOR THE FORMER. JO POINTS TO 5. (Pee United Press Association.) • WELLINGTON, September 6, The Australian Rugby team played the opening test game against New Zealand to-day on tho Athletic Park. Rain had fallen since the previous night, _ and increased us the day wore "on. At 3 o'clock rain ■ 'was falling heavily. The ground was very slippery, and of course tho ball was greasy, rendering anything liko decent hack play impossible. The game was played in four spells of 20 minutes each. New Zealand easily held their adversaries, their back and forward play being superior to tho visitors in overy respect. Tho teams were as follow: — Australia: Full-back, MacMahon; threequarters—Carr, Wogan, Jones, and Suttor; halves—Taslcer and Wood; forwards—Watson, O'Donnell, George, Fahey, Wallach, Cody, Thompson, Murphy. Ne,w Zealand: Full-back, Cut-hill; three-quarters-Lynch, R. Roberts, M'Gregor; live-eighihs-M'Kenzie and Gray; half-back, Taylor; wing-forward,-Murray; forwardsWilliams, bellars, Downing, Atkinson, Wylie, Dewar, M'Donald. New Zealand took the first spell against the wind. M'Kenzie's return <y{ the kickoff was bad, and the Australians nearly got over in the corner, New Zealand forcing. MacMahon took a. kick at goal from beh'nd the half-way, but the bull fell short. From the kick-out the Blues pressed, and.compelled New Zealand to force. The New Zealand forwards followed up a long kick by M'Donald and took play into the Blues' ground. From a scramble the ball came out to M'Donald, who sent it on to Taylor. It then went to Gray and M'Kenzie, but the last named got in tho ruck and was grounded, play going back .to nwlfield. The Blacks came again, and a' brilliant mark by Wogtui stemmed a dangerous rash. The Blues then took play right down to the Blacks' line with a, good forward rush, but

Cuthill saved prettily. Almost immediately the Blacks' line was again threatened, but Cuthill was ready and effeoted a 6ave. MacMahon had a shot at goal, but the ball went wide.. The Blacks were getting the ball from the scrum and using it to advantage. Gray, M'Gregar, and Lynch playing a dashing game, and Cuthill at lullback was performing very creditably. Graygot the ball from a scrum end sent it on to Taylor, who cut in and transferred to Lynch. Tho speedy winger dodged his man and got over cicely. Roberts failed with the kick. New Zealand Z points. Australia .Nil. Australia retaliated with a forward rush and overpowered Cuthill, Carr scoring. MucMahon converted. Australia ... 5 points. New Zealand ... 3 points. In the second quarter New Zealand quickly took the offensive, and Roberts, taking advantago of an opening, slipped through und passed to Lynch, who had no difficulty in scoring. Roberta's kick missed, New Zealand 6 points. Australia 5 points. A slow spell followed. Cuthill marked twice, but lictle advantage was gamed owing to the greasy nature of the bah. Knocks-on and fumbling were frequent, but the Black& still held their opponents. Roberts and Lynch again showed out. The former sent the ball out to Lynch, who had only the full-back to pa6s. Instead of bustling through (he was right on tho line) he sent the bull to Roberts, but the latter missed tho pass and the ball went out. The Blacks continued to press, and were awarded a free kick, but Roberts's kick again missed. After a loose passing rush near the line Atkinson grabbed the ball and dropped over.. Roberts converted easily. New Zealand 11 points. Australia 5. points. The Blues followed up the kick out, and looked dangerous tor a while. They took play up to the Blacks' twenty-five, and Suttor looked dangerous, but tho advantage was nullified by faulty passing, and play was taken back to half-way. At half time, the scores were:— New Zealand 11 points. Australia 5 points. A torrential downpour welcomed the teams when tho second spell opened. The visitors carried play down to within a few yards of tho New Zealand line, but lost their advantago by an infringement of the rules, Roberts relieving with a lino kick. From the throw in Jones initiated a passing rush, but Suttor got jammed on the line, and the ball went out a few feet from the Blacks' line. "Cuthill then put in a noat and tricky piece of play. The slippery ball evaded him until the opposition were upon him, and instead of forcing when he did gain possession ho successfully dodged half a-dozen Blues, and eventually got his kick in, finding the lino at the twenty-five. MacMahon essayed a shot at goal from tho twenty-five, but the ball fell short. The Blacks then rushed up the field with the ball at their toes, 50 yards being gained. Tho Blues' came again, but were repulsed, and tho Blacks again proceeded up the field with a dribbling rush. Near the Blues', twenty-five one of the visitors kicked the ball hard, and it wont straight into Lynch's hands] Ho had a clear run in, registering his third try.' Roberts's kick again failed. New Zealand 14 points. ■ Australia 5 points. On changing over one of tho Black forwards got tho ball, and throw it over his head near the Blues' twonty-five. Gray secured it and sidestepped his way through practically the whole of the opposition and scored an amazing try right in front of the posts. Roberts had no difficulty in converting. , New Zealand 19 points. Australia 5 points. Australia were immediately bustled after the kick out. The Blacks' forwards swept down on to the goal line, and after a melee M'Kenzio registered a try. Roberts again converted. Now Zealand 24 points. Australia 5 points. Tho local vanguard continued to press the visitors. The Blues' full-back took a high kick, and was too slow in getting rid 'of the ball. Roberts charged down, and the ball bounced off his chest, giving him a clear chance to 6core. -He made i:o mistake. Cuthill missed with tho kick. New Zealand ... 27 points.: Australia 5 points. Immediately afterwards intercepted a pass near the posts, and threaded his way through and scored. The bell went almost at once, leaving New Zealand victorious after a rnud scramble, the scores being:— New Zealand 30 points. Australia 5 points.- ■

SECOND TEST MATCH. NEW ZEALAND TEAM. (Peb United Pbess' Association.) WiLLINGTUN, September 7. The following team has .been selected to represent iNew Zealand against Australia m tun second test match, to bo piayed at uunedin next Saturday;— Full back, o'Lea.ry (Auckland). Three-quarters—Stawarc (Auckland), Cockcrott (*>outh Canterbury), and Maoky (Auckland). if'ive-eignths, Spillane (South Canterbury) and Ged<les (Auckland). Half back, Hums (Canterbury). Forwards—Jiaesell (Canterbury), Francis (Wellington), Gillrapio (Wellington), AfMeece (southland), Barrett (Auckland), Wilson (Wellington), Tamu (Taraiinki), and Taylor (TaranaKi).

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NEW ZEALAND v. AUSTRALIA., Otago Daily Times, Issue 15863, 8 September 1913

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