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BY FULL BACK.

The following shows- the positions of the rtrious teams engaged in the Senior Flag nompotition:—

Owing to the grounds being under snow on Saturday the matches under the jurisdiction of tn« Otago Ruby Union were postponed. These matches will bo decided (weather permitting) on Saturday ' next.

With Duncan, Porteous, Stalker, and Given in Australi* with the New Zealand team and the members of the Kaikorai Senior Fifteen disqualified until the end oi the eeaßon, two of whom — Adamson and MUonald — were almost certainties for representative honours, the Otago team in the earlier representative matches this season will not be v. particularly 6trong combination. So that not only have the Kaikorai team by their ill-advised action done themselves « great deal of injury, tout they have •Jso, to on extent, pieced in jeopardy the success of the Otago representative team of 1903.

The bare travelling expenses of the members of tho New Zealand team during- the Australian tour -will amount to about £30 per player.

The New Zealand team, which left Wellington for Australia on Saturday by the Moeraki, is due in Sydney to-day (Wednesday). Should th« steamer arrive to time the New Zealand ers will have an opportunity of frnuginp the strength of both the Queensland and New South Wales teams, for the second mateli between those twoStates will bo decided on the afternoon of the New Zealand team's arrival.

Mr Faebfi will act as secretary of the New Zealand Union during- the absence of Mr Norris with the New Zealand team in Australia.

Tom Cross, the ex-Otago forward, made fcis re-appearance in Wellington aftei hi-s recent accident, playing for Poneke against Melrose on Saturday, July 4. Udy, the Wairarapa representative in the New Zealand team, has represented his province on no fewer than 5C occasions. Armstrong- has appeared in 33 rep. matches, while M'ifinn has no record to talk about.

Dunedin Rugby enthusiasts will be interested to know that A. F. Roberts, of this city and the Cambridge University forward, has been chosen in the English Rugby team for South Afritea.

Ryan, the famous old-time Auckland 1 and New Zealand three-quarter back, was married last week. Footballers throughout ihe colony congratulate him. As a r<*sult of the plague scare the New Zealand Union had to pay 10a extra on all ticket* taken out for the members of the New Zealand team for Sydney to sover the medical examination of the players. The Wellington Rugby Unicr recently suspended a junior player for five yeare for striking an opponent and playing under an issumed name.

Last week "Cynic," of Sydney Referee, made a slip fn referring to the per^nnel of the N»w Zealand Selection Committee,

Several Refereaders courteotusly drew his attention to it. Mr R. P. Matheson, the e\Dunedinite, who played with North Sydney, writes: — "Harry Harris, who is the Otago representative on that committee, is not to be confused with ' Pat ' Harris, a member of the last team, who, with Calnan (of Wellington), Mas disqualified at the end of the tour."

At Jnvercargill the football match Pirates v. Britannia resulted in a draw, neither 9ide scoring. The Star defeated the Athletics by 14 points to 3. J. J. Taylor and E. Purdue, the Invorcargill forwards, played their first games of the season on Wednesday last. Taking a line through the attendances eA club matches in Sydney this season and the interest that the visit of the New Zealandere has excited 1 it is anticipated tha* in the big matches played by the New Zealand team against New South Wales and combined Australia "gates" of between 25,009 and 30,000 will be recorded. A Taranaki writer says the present New Zealand team is not to be compared with the last one chat visited Australia, and says there is not an equal to Armit, Smith, Pauling, O'Dowda, M'Kenzie, Mills, or Allen in their rosy days. — ["All round" the present combination is probably better than the 1897 team.— Fctll Back.] "No Marlborough. players are chosen in the New Zealand t<=ani" is a mournful wail from a province which boa&ts many Rugby players too tired" to roll up to a trial match in their own centre.

Blancy, the Sydney University threequarter, is looked npon to have a good chsnee for inclusion in the New iboutli Wpl^s team against tho New Zealander-. It is hardly likely that Spragg, the Queensland three-quarter, will play again this year. He is progressing very favourably, and expects to uso crutohes in a few days, when the knee will be in plaster of Paris.

An Auckland correspondent, writing to a Sydney paper, says "Cunningham is reckoned by footballers in Auckland to be the best forward in New Zealand." But is he, and do Aucklanders reckon he is? A» a "lock," in form, he is undoubted 1 y the best, but the bast forward" in Now 1 Zealand ie a large "order, and I don't think even Cunningham can fill that bill. At x recent meeting of th© South Canterbury Rugby Union the following dates for the tour of the South Canterbury team were confirmed: — Maryborough, July 22; Nelson, July 25; Bu3h Union, at Hanvun, July 30 ; Wairarapa, at Mastorton, July 30 ; Hawke's Bay, at Napier, August 1 ; Manawatu and Palmerston North, August 5. It was agreed that the secretary should endeavour to arrange the Canterbury match for August 8, by suggesting a re-arrange-ment of the Wajrarapa-Ctmterbui'y match. Fhe financial statement approximately arrived at for the tour shows receipts £225 and expenses £202, pi-obable surplus £23. The team will cornprisp- 19 player*, and Mr W. J. Lewis was appointed manager.

The movements- of the New Zealand team in Australia luring the approaching tour will be: —

Now South Wales. — "Wednesday, July 15 : Arrive in Sydney; informal reception by council and officials. Thursday, July 16 : Reception by the Lord Mayer at the Town Hall, noon ; evening, footballers' smoke concert at Haron's Exchange Hotel, 8 o'clock. Friday, July 17: Afterncn drive to South Head. Saturday, July 18 : Match, New Zealand v. New South Wales; evening, theatre. Sunday, July 19 : Harbour excursion. Monday, July 20: Leave for Bathurst by the quartp-r-past 10 a.m. train ; arrive at Bathurab 10 minutes- to 5 p.nr. ; reception by mayor, banquet, and smoke concert. Tuesday, July 21 : Morninp, hare drive, bush linner; afternoon, marsupial hunt. Wednesday, July ?2 : New Zeahmd v. Western Branch at Bathurst. Thursday, July 23: Leave Bathurst at half-past 10 a.m., lunoh at Mount Victoria, arrive at Katoomba at % quatrer past 2 p.m., and drive to Leara falls. Friday, July 24: Arrive in Sydney. Saturday, July 25 : New Zealand v. New South Waka. Sunday, July 26: Visit tc Prospect reservoir. July 27: Visit to National Park. Tuesday, July 28: At leisure. Wednesday, July 29: New Zealand v. Metropolitan team.

Queensland. — Wednesday, August 12 : New Zealand v. Northern Districts, at Maitland; evening-, entertainment. Thursday, August 15: Arrive at Sydney; evening, Newtown Football Club smoke concert. Friday, August 14: At leisure. Saturday, August 15 : New Zealand v. Australia ; evening, banquet tendered by Australasian Rugby Football Union Councils. Sunday, August 16: Afternoon drive. Monday, August 17: Excursion to Hawkeabury River. Tuesday, August 18: Evening, theatre. Wednesday, August 19: New Zealand v. Combined County; evening, homeward bound. Farewell.

It looked very much as if Asher was suffering from a jubilation of spirit at getting in fche New Zealand team, says an Auckland scribe on the dusky three-quarter back in a recent match, for be seomed to put even more energy into his work than usual, which is saying a great deal. He was here, there, and everywhere, and I was glad to see that his tackling was low and sure. But that trick of his of hurdling his opponents is so extremely dangerous that 1 feel again compelled to utter a. warning about it. When you are running for the line with the game in a critical state, and a man tackles you on the line, so thai; by jumping over him snd falling yon will Fcore, this hurdling business may perhaps be justified (though I have my doubts), but to do ifc several times in an afternoon, in various parts of the field, and to do it two or three times when your side is ont of all danger, is, to my mind, little short of madness. It is very taking to tho gallery, no doubt, but is it football? Asher wi'l do well not to attempt to do it on the hard Australian grounds. If he gets hurt in attempting this hurdling business I hope no one will blanw foofbaU. New Zealand lost one brilliant wing threequarter in a similar way, bo it remembered.

The smoke concert organised in Brisbane by Mr Maurice Baldwin, lion, secretary of the Queensland Rugby "Union, in aid of S Spragg, the local rep. three-quarter, who was injured recently, was a pronounced success and Spragg is likely to benefit to the extent of £30 over the event.

"Maori" (Sydney) writes: — "Noticing the different comments on the Now .Zealand team, and different opinions about A. Asher, may I giv» you a few facts? Ashar is a native of Tauranga, 120 miles sonth of Auckland, and is a ha'f-oaste Maori Ho first p!ay«d football for Tauranga, and was always brilliant and gritty, which reminds me of a match, Rotorua v. Tauranga, when he was only 17 ypars of pee. He got a collarbone broken in the first half, but played on, md scored two trie«. The s->me peason we met Auckland reps., and p!a3 r ed a draw— two

tries each — Asher scoring a most brilliant try, being tackled by no fewer than tliree p!ayer3 Next season he played for Parnell, and caused auch a sensation that ha was called Opa-3, after the winner of the A.G.N. Hurdle Race. He afterwards played fiveeighth, representing 4.uokland Province on three occasions with success, though he toM me h& would never play in that position again. He is a da- c hing player from start lo finish, a hard man to collar, and always dangerous, and 1 will be very popular with the New South Wales crowd"."

The IScew South Wales team this year will, as in the pa.3t, bo mainly composed of nietropo'itan men. Unless a player of outstanding ability appears in the country matches, it is hardly likely that any but metropolitan backs will be chosen, as, even if a country back be equal to a. city one in natural ability, it is (unless he be an exceptional one) risky to play him, without some other t-han country match experience, in the four three-quarters ga.me, which depend? for its success so largely on the men playing to a system and keeping their places under certain conditions in defence. These are some of tho fine points of the four three-quarters syst&m, and they cunnot be piclced up in one match; in fact, a few of the riietiopoiitan three-quarters cannct mesfasr them to any noteworthy extent afner a season or two or three. Nevertheless, two or three of the coxmtry bscks are very highly spoken of, and, needless to say, their play will be closely wateiisd. — "Cynic "

It does not <jccasion aaiy great surprise to leara thai J. Duncan has been elected captain of tha New Zealand team for Ausaralia, for, apart from has well-known abilities as a player, Duncan is equally well Icnown as a splendid giansraL Rugby enthusiasta throughout Qta-go will join me in- congratulating the veteran on his appointment to the imporbarut position of ca-p'tain of the New Zmland team in Australia.

Mr C. H. Arnilt, aoi ex-Dunedinite and hon. secretary of im Taranaki Rugby Un on, has been appointed xaamager .of the Taraoi.tki representative- football team which will tour soutliwasds as far as Dunadin this asason.

Mr BairsLow has bean appointed as manager of the Wairarapa team during its sotrthc-rn tour.

All Rugby fixtures sot down for decision by the Canterbury Rugby Union? in Ohrisfcohuroh, on Saturday last were postponed owing 1 to the haavy weather. Li'fce Dunedin, this is the second occasion a postponement has been necessary owing to the elements.

It must hstrc co ac as something 1 of a shock to members of the Kaikorai Football Oiub to learn tfoat through the action of tho Senior Fifteen in leaving the field on the occasion of tha ordering off of Porteous in. the Duinedin-Kaikcrai match, the players were disqualified for the rest >f the season. All came ai-m-ed with the one do£ence: "We would do tho aga.iu under the circumstances." So, the Kaikorai re'im would leave the £eld again voder similar circumstances. One hesitates to think what would happen to Rugby football in Orago if a team took upon itself to leave the field each and every rim© ib disagreed with the referee's decision. Had the meanbers of the Kaikcrai team reasoned hhe matter out iuibeliigeoitly, they would have seen there was no justification for their action, and the incident mi-glufc easily have been closed by thedr guilty of an error >f judg.moEifc — an error committed in the heat of the moment. Possibly the- roem'bprs of the Kaikorai team thought thai, as Poi-teaus had been exoneraifced, tihey, too, would be discharged without a stain on their several consciences. A grievous error, for which they have bewm justly punished, and, severe though th© sentence is, I hope it will not be lost on them. The punishment is severe on those players who did not wish to leave the field, but were compelled to do so by the action of their comrades, and it is only right that these be given an opportunity of explaining- their position in the matter. Had the Kaikorad players desired to> show sympathy with Porteotis, tli&y couJd not have done better than by accepting the referee's decision and playing on. This iff not the only occasion hi whio'i t\bo KaifcoT&i Senior Fifteen have hit the field. There was a bimillax incident many years ago — but that's another story.

What the disqualification bo the end of th© season means to the Kaikorai Clab will only be realised when th» Otago representative team comes to be chosen. None of the Kaikorai players will be selected in trial m-stchfr?, and oons*.quc-Ti.tly non« will find places in the reprp*cai ative team. I regret this for the sak» of such players afl M'Donald, Adamson, Miller, and Baxter, wfoose rhanees for inclusion wore very bright up to th-e time of th© unfortunate incident wbioh lev! to th-eir disqualification.

One fails io admra th& wisdom of tl*e New Zealand Union in asking the New Zealand representative team for Australia to play agaiturt the Wellington Province on such a day as Saiburday appears to have been in the Empire City, where the playing area is described as being x sost of mud and the game nothing more nor less than a mud scrambfe. Even wider favourable circumstances there was HttLe to be gained by playing- such a match co far as tho New Zealand team were concerned, but no doubt the Xew Zealand Ru^by Union looked for a. big 1 gate and a consequent swelling of the union's- coffera. The miatcer of combii atiom for the New Zealand tfam wuld not very weil come into the queshen, as several of the leading players were standing out of the team, and three others — Spenc-r, Udy, and M'Mum — were praying for Wellington Province. Two members of the Now Zealand team were injured, and the wondier is that there were not more, ctosid-ering the slippery nature of tho ground.

At the send-off to the New Zealand team Mr Seddon referred to the faot that Harvey hud been, unable to get leave to go with tho te>am. Mr Seddon ezud the Government were always willing to give every assistance to civil servants getting away when they were ohose.ii for such teams, but in Harvty's case he had chartre of a number of children in one of the Government institutions, and aa. th<=-ro wa-s no one to tak9 hvs nWe Jeave had tc, be refused.

Mr T- Hyams, treasurer of the New Zealand Rugby Union, hai« been invited by the Queen^'-ar.d Rugby Un-on to make <b» tour to Australia with this colony's team as its guest, and has ae<\epted the invitation.

It is very unlikely that South Oantertnr-y will meet Canterbury during fhe tour of the former's representative team. A special trip will have to be made later on to play tho ?«m«. Canterbury will be travelling tc South Canterbury, Otago, and Southland late in September.

There- was a large muster of past and present Poneke players, as well as a number of repreaeatari^-es of other clubs and th© Wellinztoii and N«w Zealand Ru^br

Unions, in "Wellington the other evening, when a presentation of a gold watch was made to W. Wallace, '.ha captain of the Poneke Senior Fifteen. Dr Newman p«id tribute to Mr Wallace's services to the dab.

Mr F. H. Dodd, officer in charge of tho Go\enimcr.t Telegraph Office, at the Wakapuaka Cable Station, has obtained^ holiday leave, amd accompaiues the Now Zealand football team to Australia.

Smith, of Nelson, who played ■with conspicuous success in the match 'between North and South Islands last y-aar, was present at tho match in Wellinplon on Saturday between the New Z-ea'ond teem and the Wclhriigton Province.

A Wellington- conune-nt on two ex-Otago players taking 1 pait in a local match: — The forwaids all hr-d to work hard. Abrini was greatly in evidence in thts firpt spell. Crces was on the fie 1 J foi the first time since his accident. He would have bean of great-ex service to the team if he had played the ball more and pa-id less attention to one of the crack Mchwe scrmnmsn.

Tho electors of the South Canterbury reprwritttivie team, to go on kmr, have picked th« following fifteen : — Full back, E. Hci-gAm; thioe-qiiartei«, D. Horgan, W. (Jrant, J. Gafianey ; five-eighths, J. O'Leary; half back, W. H. Moore; wing forwards, J. Joe an'l S. Skiers ; forwards— M. Mara, B. Uorqan. J. Burn.?. W. Scott, -U. Lawlor, G. Oaifajrey, and; H. Tranent. There are four ether men to go with the team, and lfeese> will be selected by the same committee after m-xt Thursday's game — Representatives v. another -beam. Tho Xew Zealand and Well.ngton teams sat down to supper at the conclusion of the match in Wellhigton la«t Saturday, the function beiiwr arranged in the shape of a send-off -to the colonial representatives for Sydney. Sir Joseph Ward presided over the gathering. A friend m Capetown writes imo: — On a recent Saturday afternoon 1 went, out lo Neivlancl.? to see some South African football. From wl'at I could soc, I don't think a New Zca ] and team tvorcla have much to fear. The only team that placed up to New Zealand form was the Stello-nboseh F.C. They play a very fine, open game, and make good use of the passing rushe3, something after the style of the N.S.W. team. One of the funniest; sights in footliall on a Satin day afternoon is to see the Icaflks play. It is as good as a pantomime. Thera is no ihing as off-side, and the v,ay they pack a ?mtm is a sight to see-. When Ore man grabs the ball, he does not pa-3 it oti any account: he hangs on to it till it is pulled a.wny from him by about half a dozen of the oppoc-He fide ; then a scrum is formed, and the hall is passed out, to be grabbed again, and Hie same business is gone through ever a-nd over again. Thc-ie are plenty of Lanackors (Kaffirs and Malays), who keep up a continual shouting to encourage their respective "ides. They take a great interest m R-ipfby. . My Auckland correspondent wires under dato July 14:— "The R-agby football championships were continued on Saturday afternoon, when City and Graffcon played a d ->wn game (a try each), Now ton beat f- • i bulbs by 13 points to nil, and North '-liore ■defeated Ponsonby by 5 points to 3. This leaves City still in front witli seven wins and two draws, Graiton being second with six wins and a loss, and a drawn game. Parne-11, Suburbs, and North Shore are the only teams tho City fifteen have to meet, and as the latter combination ia tih-e only one capable of making a stand the Red-and-Blacks should again v/iu th-e senior competition. Grafton have yet to meet two or thra& strong teams, and may g;o undei in one or other of the. o matches."

The names of Maund (who played for Now South Wales on tour in New Zealand in 1901), Verge Hpwthome, and Roberts aire mentiosied for the position of full back of tho New South Wales lea-m.

Tho three-quarter line is spoken of as being rath-er danbtfuL Playeis mentioned for ce-ntrf* arp O^ifwiiram. W'cVhinr. Caro-w. Riley, Blaney, Dcering, Macnamara., and Ryrie. The wina:s are Jikelv to be Sited from. White. Flitter, Oga.ard, Hulloran, and Bark-e-r. Th*? former is Charlie White, who vwi a guest of the New South Wales team which toured New Zoala.nd in 1901. On that oc?a«ion he was suffering from a broken arm, amd did not take part in any of the matches. This year he is 6aid to be lie soundest back playing in Sydney, and is ■certain to find a nlaes against the N«w Zealand'ers. Barker is Nicrel of liiat ilk, a member of the University team and the New South Walog amateur champion sprinter. Ogaard pays fox Newtown on the wing of that club's three-quarter line. Ho ■fiT^o i"? an mu-ft-teniJT spn n i-&TTj &na ck m^ro r>64? of South Sydney Alhlotio Club. Futtef tnlavs in the three-quartor line of Sydney University ; Halforam belongs to Newtown.

Only three halves are mentioned as liii'*■iiasr claims for mehwron in the New oouth Wales team, these being FiDley. Manning, rn<l Johnston. The former pleased tho prit : cs, while travelling with the N*»w South Welshmen in New Zealand in 1901. He is a scrum half, whose specialty is stonpin? rushes. Manning (Sydnrv University) wd Johnston (Western Suburbs) play the twe-half-back game splendidly. The forwards are hard to pick, says Sydney Refere-o. There are so many good ones and -so manr of the younger order exhibiting rare form in the loo=p. The tackling igenOTalry among forwards is very solid, more so than in the past. In the loose tforev are aa dashing as thvee-ouarter", and in dribbling far cleverer than the latter In view of the N.Z. prograsnme, powerful, weighty men with- pnee and fehe other ncwsary qualifications will no donbt he carefully marked off by the electors. A3 many of Ithait type as possible are needed. In every club team somo of the forwards have been 'disnlaving inter-State form. The -letropoiitan tenm, of course, is not rhe t^ajn .to meet New Zealand. But if Carew ho not choecai among the backs, he oueht n be put into thp forwards to give him R' roe practice in hifl old position, for it will be almost gcme.raHr admitted -that now that he lias the necp==ary condition and pace, we have not got a better forward player. Tho selectors cannot very w»ll select a bad forward tmm. They will have to choo=e from ,a number of very ablo players, and. nepd•lese to say, a number of them will not Hp chosen, since only eight can get mto a team. The -election of lock-man in the front row will require no little thought; it will require ev^n more consideration in ithe team to meet Queetnsland, end still mori" fif po«sibl^ io that to meet New Zealand. It is more a specialist position than perhaps any other in the forwards as the game i^ now played. A 'CoasW -writes sw follows to tli« nkrisfc/^urch Press:— "Sir,— Feeling indij-

n&nt at the non-inclusion of a representative in our New Zealand team from the West Coast, it may perhaps be interesting to giva the football enthusiasts here a slight version of football, and how it is played on the 'West Coast. Indeed, we have the material to commence with, which Rugby un£oubtedly needs, when ifc is played so roughly m our midst. I have played senior foctbUll both thaws and her*, and find, in my estimation, Rugby played both scientifically and equally as well as the best I have seen or played here. The Coasfe poa-tfos-es many old 1 representatives, and if tha selector either inquired or found out fi>r himself, he, I am sure., would 1 never regret to find that our West Coaster had not only worthily upheld his proud province, but the whoto of New ZeaJand. Why don't ,we make our team purely representative, especially when we have the m«n to choose from each province, and give all connections of tho New Zealand R,ugby Union some benefit from its- success, who all help to keep it so prosperously and beneficially the. head and eouroe of ail onr appeals for judgment t I may state a team intends visiting Nebon and We'lington this year, and, hoping you ■will not think me presumptuous, I will pre•diot a win in both places, and if they visit Canterbury, which I sincerely hope they will, then "the Chriatoburcli enthusiasts wil' vouch, for my statements with regard t<f tJic-ii play, physique, combination, etc. In ■wvitmg those few H-ues I feel confident, fl.lt! oue;h being away. I'm endorsing desired wish of the whole community." A friend of mine ("Cynic," of Sydney Referee) at present in N«w Zealand' write* me on the subject of the N.Z. team:— "l have seen Afiher playing, but it was against a weak team. Of medium height, and ebcutly b\ult, ha plays a similar game to MiTler. <rt the old Randwick Club._ being a fast and strong ranner, and eomt>tnes with it a fair amount of trickiness. He ie very bumpy, and does no§ hesitate to jump over a man when occasion demands. He kicks well. lam told he has scored 18 tries this season. Sydney tscklors will fetch him down if they s-o hard and low for him— no \ise high tackling." Of Kiernan, the «orum half, who captained the Northlsland last year, the same correspondent writes: — "Kiernan, the scrum half, is a good player, but from what I have ee-pu of him ho ia not the equal of Finley or Manning, comparing the average form of the lutter two with what I have seen of the Auckland*!"."

At the weekly meeting of the Otanjo Referee*' Association, he'd on Wednesday. Bth, it was resolved that secretarie-s of clubs be notified that when a referee i* mutually agreed upon it 13 necessary to iointly "write to the association informing thorn. The panior football matches at Auckland on Saturday resulted as f ollows : —North Shore (5 point*) h«it Ponsonbv (3 points) ; Grafton (3 points) and City (3 points), a draw ; Newton (13 points) beat Suburbs (nil). A football match between the Wairarapa Thursday Union Juniors and the Hawke's Bay Juniors was played at Napier on Saturday, tho visitors winning by 11 points to 5/ At a meeting of the New Zealand representative team in Wellington Duncan was elected captain. Kieraan and Wood were also nominated, and the latter was chosen vice-captain. R. M'Gregor (Auckland^ was appointed to act with the manager and captain as a selection committee for th© tour.

QUEENSLAND v. NEW SOUTH WALES. SYDNEY, July 11. Tho football match Now Sonih Wales v. Queensland was played in wet weather. It was won by New South Wales by 11 points to 6.

NEW ZEALAND TEAM v. WELLINGTON.

WELLINGTON, July 11.

The New Zealand representative football team, which Ic-aves to-night for Australia, played a match at the Athletio Park this afternoon, against a Wellington province team. Just before the start of the game very heavy rain set m from the north, and continued throughout tho afternoon ; consequently, the contest resolved itself into * scramble in the mud and water, and afforded no test whatever of the merits of the NewZealand representatives. The stand was well fille-d, but the other portions of the ground did not contain 300 spectators. Amongst those who braved the elements and put in an' appearance were Sir Joseph and Lady Ward. Duncan and Wood stood out of the New Zealand team, their places being filled by Stalker and Stead. Tho New Zealanders were beaten by 14 points to 5, but tho result must not be taken seriously as an indication of the strength of tha combination that is to tour Australia. In. several plaoes the ground was under water, and at times blinding rain squalls rendered it impossible for the spectators to distinguish the piayers. The game was of such a farcical character that it does not require any detailed description. In the first spell the New Zealanders played with a strong wind at tkeir backs, and had a good deal tho bept of the struggle. D. Gallagher scored a try from a loose rush, and Wallace converted, and just before the call of time F. Johnson registered a try for the combined team, which was not improved upon. The play in the second half was all against the New Zealanders, who made a very poor showing. The local men added 11 points to their score, tries being obtained by Wimata, Warner, and Wilson, one being converted by G. Spencer. The New Zealand toam mado the mistake of attempting to hajidle the ball, while the opposnig forwards kept the leather always at their feet, and scored from loos© scrambles in the mud. R. M'Gregor, as full baok, did capital work for the traveliing team, and M'Minn i/hone out among the forwards. Th« local forwards played fieToely in the- second spell, when the opposing pack went to pieces. Wallace and J. Spencer, members of the New Zealand team, were slightly injured during the game, and retired from the field. Mr A. Campbell acted as referee.

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BY FULL BACK., Otago Witness, Issue 2574, 15 July 1903

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