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N,Z. FOOTBALL TEAM.

EASY WIN AGAINST MIDDLESEX.

THE INTEREST GROWING.

LONDON, October 4.

The New Zealand footballers added further laurels to their already successful tour by handsomely defeating Middlesex, which is regarded as one of the crack Rugby football counties. The interest in them continues to grow, and there was a large attendance of spectators, including many New Zealanders, to witness the game-

From the very start the colonials became aggressive, and within almost a

minute from the kick-off Johnston (Otago) obtained a try by a splendid dash through the opposing backs. The combination of the New Zealanders kept the Englishmen oontdmially on the defensive, and as a result- of repeated rushes tries were obtained before half-time by Hunter flaranaki), Smith (Auckland), Wallace (Wellington) in smart succession, while Smith scored again before the interval was taken. Middlesex was quite outplayed in all departments, and tiheir three-quarters rarely touched the ball. Of the five tries recorded in this spell Wallace succeeded hi converting four, the score standing at- the end of the spell:— New Zealand, 23; Middlesex, nil. In the second half tihu visitors took matters a little lr-ore easily, but stttt kept thio Englishmen strictly on the defensive. Seeling (Auckland) was the first to score in this spell, but Wallace, failed to add the extra points. Continuing the attack, Deans (Canterbury) crossed the line, but Wallace again failed. Prom the kick-off play at once went into Middlesex territory, and just before the whistle sounded Hunber scored his second try, and the third for the spell. Wallace succeeded with the kick. When the teams left the ground the score stood: — New Zealand 34 Middlesex -nil

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N,Z. FOOTBALL TEAM., Otago Witness, Issue 2691, 11 October 1905

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N,Z. FOOTBALL TEAM. Otago Witness, Issue 2691, 11 October 1905

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