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The following are tho positions of teams in the Sieoond, Third, and Fouith Grades at the end of the first round: — Second Gkade.

The man who said that nothing happened! so often as coincidences had his trite say* ing illustrated at the Rugby football mateh 5 on the Cricket Ground on a recent Saturt day (says th© Sydney Daily Telegraph). Last year two players, G. Riddell and Cr« Little, playing in a olub match at Auok> land, New Zealand, th© former represent* Ing North Shore and the latter the Ci€x Club, collided, each breaking a collarbon^ Riddell subsequently came over to Sydney* throwing in his lot with Glebe. Th© la* of chances wa9 much against the unluokft pair ever meeting In the football fields again, but on Saturday the unexpectedt happened. Opposed to each other as in! the case of the Auckland match, eacH swung his left leg in attempting to kick' the ball, and both limbs snapped, with *

crack that could be heard some distance off. That two men should break their Collarbones at the one time is remarkable, but that the same men 6hould subsequently " meet in another part of the world and under .exactly similar conditions break a leg each, will furnish food for reflection j|o all who believe in predestination. The fatalist will, no doubt, argue that if liiddell and Little ever play again, it (trould be wise for them not to oppose each >ther, while the anti-fatalists will say that t is all coincidence, and that as Riddell md Little have exhausted their share of H-luck, no one would be safer than they in 'nture. The members of the Taranaki team are ' rell satisfied with their game against Otago. Phey admit that the better team won, and rive great praise to the local forwards, krhom they hold as an exceedingly fine £ack. The Taranaki representatives were iaken for a drive to Outram during their fehort stay in Dunedin. On Monday the team had a practice on Tahuna Park, and ton Tuesday left for Timaru. where they play a match against South Canterbury on Thursday. On Saturday Taranaki meet .Canterbury, on Lancaster Park. Various estimates were made of the attendance at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday, the figures varying from 7000 to 12,000. The actual figures have not been •raved at, but the official estimate is befcweeo 7000 and 8000. Whatever the attendance, the gate receipts amounted to a little- over £300. One is quite at a loss to understand why ' the Otago captain, on Dougherty retiring \hrough an injury, brought Booth up from full back to fill the vacancy at five-eighth, tt was running a great risk to leave his fide without a last line of defence, and Jvents proved thip. Had Booth been his old position of full back the chances are that Abbott would never have scored for ttaranaki. The Kaikorai representative is puch a Trojan on defenoe that he is an illusive man indeed who gets past h:m, and with his sprain-cd ankle Abbott could probably not afford to be elusive. Howjever, with many others, I could have wished that Booth had been guardian of "" Otago's goal when the Taranaki wing threequarter was sent away by Hunter on his try-getting mis*k>n. The committee of the Otago University Football Club is anxiously awaiting news from Sydney respecting the time of the j Sydney University team's departure for New Zealand. A letter was received this week, but no definite news was contained ♦herein, and the local University authori- , ties have decided to cable Sydney Univer- : city requesting a definite reply as to the g>robable date of the team's departure. . Meanwhile the arrangements in connection ,with the team's visit to Dunedin are hung j vp pending the receipt of the desired information. Sydney University has approved ' «f the programme of matches to be played fliere — viz., two matches against Otago Uni- j Trereity and one against an outside team to be played on a Wednesday. ! Through fate and force of circumstance the redoubtable Alhambra team was in the ; unique position of being unrepresented in the Otago team against Taranaki. Johnston ' ,was put out of court through being di*- j qualified, while the injury to M'Kenzic ' prevented that player taking part in the ( match.' j So far as is known it is the intention of i the Sydney University Club to play matches against Otago University only, i Other matches may, however, be arranged. ' ■ad in this connection it is mentioned that the Albion F.C., the champion club of I Christchurch, proposes arranging a. match ' •with the visitors, to be played at Lan- ' Caster Park in September. j This story points a moral. An aspiring footballer, who^was possessed of strength mnd agility, was brought to book by the Teferee for rough play. "You're quite in error," he expostulated, "it's not rough friay at all, it's only me awkwardness." It has been agreed by the Canterbury ' Rugby Union to ask the New Zealand I Union to arrange the match North Island V. South Island to be played at Christchurch this season on September 15. Misfortune followed Taranaki somewhat pnnvercilessly in the match against Otago j in that they were crippled at half, five- j eighth, and three-quarter. Thus Frewin i played with an injured rib, Mynott with a ! *'leg," and Abbott with a sprained ankle. It was rather amusing, though, to notice that in the heat of the game the injuries were sometimes forgotten. For instance, Abbott did not remember anything about fas aprained ank'.e when he swerved past Gilray and raced at top speed fi;om the twenty-five flag over the Otago line.. ! The Otago Rugby Uaion must have lost ! * deal of revenue from the >-mokers' stand , on Saturday, but when they employ only -. one man to look after the whole of the ; •tand they must be prepared for this. The t fcank? runs right up at the back of the stand, I and by this means sundry spectators obtained free access to the elevated position. As one person tersely put it, they were *" bobbing over like rabbit"." f If the official scoring card is to be believed, O'Sullivan, the "All -Black" J fTaranaki forward, is playing at top weight, and is far above himself in condition. He was rarely prominent in the game, tinier •when making an effort to get on side, and then he came under the eye of the referee. "Enthusiast ' writes under date- Waihi July 22:— "Dear Full Hack,— Mr W. Gibeon (ex-"Var^ity and Union), who ha^ acted »s secretary of the Waihi Rugby Union this season, wa-> recently tendered a -farewell smoker and was, the recipient of a handsome tia\elting bag from the union. Mr Gibson, who i» leaving for another district, has been \ery popular boh on the football and cricket fields G H. Vhich and V. Morgan (ex-'Var=ity) also play in this district, the last-naniod gaining Wailu a"d Goldfields rep. honours, (i. Leslie <uid F. foster, who learned their football on the Did Asylum Ground while attending Arthur Street School, also play in this district, both gaining rep. honours.."' So much has already been written Boncerning the play in the Otago-Taranaki jinatch th*t little more on that head rofcnain* to be commented upon. The game, Ks previously stated, while full of excitetnent and interesting to watch, was not a first-class exhibition of Rugby. Many better tames have been played on the Caledonian Ground; fcttfc perhaps few that gave the spectators so much genuine enjoyment. "A jgoOd game to watch!" that was the general comment, and just about sums up the contest. With the wind in their favour, Taraoaici should bare crowded on a fair margin of points in the first spell, but the xoeu from the north m%de the Unpardonable

error of playing to the touch line, tjhus unintentionally assisting "Otago, to whose advantage it was to keep the ball as much out of play as possible. Moreover, Taranaki could only play as well as the opposition allowed it, and as the majority of the efforts of the visitors at outting in and breaking through were met with such solid defenoe it was perhaps no great marvel that they did not cross the Otago line more , frequently than they did. All things considered, the display given. by the local team was good; that of the forwards particularly so — indeed, it is not too much to say that the forwards brought the victory to Otago. What would hive happened had the Blues' vanguard collapsed j before the Taranaki pack can best be I imagined. However, not only did the Blues not collapse, but they held their own in th© tight, beat the Colours for the ball in the scrums, and rose superior to the men from the north in foot work. The local men were beaten on the line out, but Taranaki made such indifferent use of the advantage that any gain accruing therefrom scarcely affected the run of the play. The- foot work of the Otago forwards was up to a certain stage good to look upon, | but after the ball had been taken, by close dribbling, past the five-eighth division and penetrated the three-quarter line, some player with more strength than intelligence would give the leather a vigorous kick, 1 sending it quite beyond the control of the ! dribblers, into the safe hands of the Tara- '< naki full back. That worthy, with what appeared to be the utmost indifference, ; quietly picked up the ball, and with a powerful kick sent it 45 yards down the field. This performance was repeated at regular iii'teTvals throughout the first spell. It speaks well for the form of the looal men were in to play so strenuously in the first spell against Taranaki, assisted by Boreas, and to come out in the second- half and beat the northern pack. Coming to individuals, the impression created by Hardgreaves, the Taranaki full back, was favourable from the outset. The first ball he fielded showed him to be no novice at the game, and subsequent events proved this. With t"Be wind his kicking was long and powerful, and he had the Ota.go forwards nearly run off their legs in their efforts to smother his returns. If the Taranaki full back made a mistake, it was in making too much use of the line in the first spell, instead of keeping the ball in the open and giving hie forwards a chance to get under it. As the fielding of the Otago backs was particularly faulty there was always the chance of the return being ] mulled. Hardgreaveg had little of no collar- I ing to do. so that his capabilities in this ' direction can scarcely be judged. What one j admired most about his play wast his clean j picking up, accurate fielding, and powerful | kicking. j The fehree-ouarter line (Abbott, Cameron, j and Dive) played well enough as indivi- • duals, but they never got going as a com- I bination. In the first spell play was mostly • on Abbott's wing. He fielded the ball ! accurately, but appeared to prefer kicking to running; and, moreover, made the same mistake as his full back by kicking too much to the line in the first half, instead of playing more to the open. In the second spell Abbott was a lonely figure in the Yellows' three-quarter line. He got but one opportunity, and this one made by Hunter, who gave an excellently-timed and well-judged pass to his three-quarter. It wa-, almost a clean ran- in : apd, despite ' the injury to his ankle, Abbott swerved past Gilray and scored a sensational try under the posts. The "All Black" threequarter retrieved himself by that run. Cameron, the ex-University threcquarterback, who played centre for Taranaki, has a nice turn of speed. He takes the ball well, and would be a dangerous man with anything like a clear fjeld in front of him. As matters turned out on Saturday, Cameron get really few opportunities to show his speed, for he was generally accounted for before getting very far towards his opponents' goal. Dive did nofc impress one as being anything out of the ordinary as a threequarter back. Beyond taking the ball from accuratelygiven passes, which is expected of any man who has the free use of his hands, Dive gave a colourless exhibition. In the five-eighth line lay the real strength of the Taranaki back division. All the adulation. poured out by British critics over th© play of Hunter and Mynott on the fields of Britain was no doubt well deserved, but on Saturday the famous nair of " All Blacks" worked in harmoniously. Mynott received an injury to his leg, which handicapped him somewhat for the game, and he did not do himself justice. As an individual Hunter played well, ghing occasional glimpses of those elusive swerving runs which thrilled the British public. The "All Black" was always more or less dangerous when he had the ball, and it was with a sjg-h of ' relief that Otasro supporters watched him part with it. Hunter had grown weary of playing part of a disorganised band in the second spell, and evidently made up his mind to go on his own when he s.wept round the Otago defence and gave Abbott a try to score for Taranaki. It wa<- a fine single-handed effort on the r>arl of Hunter, and well-deser\ ed the recognition it received from the spectators. We admire maii3' things about Hunter. He runs straight — that is. when he is not doubling like a hare; even then he is making for tKe goal line, but does not want to collide with anyone m transit. That is Hunter's way. Again, he thinks hard before he gives a nass, and, giving it, makes certain that the ball leaves his hands in such a manner that the receiver can offer no compliments if he fails to take it. Hunter has studied the art of pass-giving. Moreover, one admires Hunter' s earnestness of purpose. In that clean oweep round the Otago defence, when things were looking black for his side, Hunter was deteimined to get a try for Taranaki 01 crumble in the attempt. The Ta<*anaki half back Frewiu, to wit. played well up to the time of his enforced retirement though injury. If he did not alvvavs get the ball away smartly fiom the scrum, he s»»wral time 0 beat the opposition by a feint pa-s. Truth to tell, the Taranaki backs rarely got the ball from the scrum; they invariably swept it up in the ruck or secured it* from the line. But it is of Frewin we are speaking. This player was ofttimes daring in his rush-stopping and took numerous risks of lying on the ball. It was piobably during one of these lapses that Frewin received the injury which caused his retuoment. Peter Ward, the ex -Southland representative, who took Frewin' «= place at half-time, was a poor substitute for the

injured player. Ward was acting as line umpire for Taranaki in the first spell, and was probably not expected to play on the tour. In any case, the one-time brilliant player was not in form, and he failed completely to put up a decent game at half back.

The Taranaki forwards were pleasing to the eye as they took the field — big, raking fellows, who might have been expected to have excelled on line-out and loose, scrum and ruck. Some of them must hate been carrying a deal over- weight, for they collapsed utterly in the heavy going in the second spell. On the line-out their height gave them the advantage, and they rose superior to the local men in this department. The failure of the Taranaki men in the scrums was, perhaps, the most surprising feature of their play. With a stone to the good in weight Tararaki might have crippled the Otago scrum - magers by shoving the local pack off the ball or by screwing; but they did none of the=e things. What, they did was to break up quickly and sweep down on Otago when the Blues obtained po<-.0-=ion forcing them to punt for safety to th<> line. At hooking the Taranaki f»onlrankers wore not experts, and rarely did the ball come out swifth from the pack. It was difficult to single out any of the Taranaki forwards, but probably the most prominent was Loveridge. who put in some particularly good work on the line-out. In the first spell Booth had a particu larly anxious time at full back. The ball was constantly dropping there or t hereabouts, and mo 4 awkwardly, too. Booth fumbled badly on occasions, but made some wonderful recoveries. His kicking had no effect against the wind, the best that he could do was to find the touchline, and in this the Kaikorai representative rarely made a mistake. Booth's defence is too well known to require any appreciation here, and it is only necessary to say that his reputation did not suffer against Taranaki. On being brought up from full back to five-eighth Booth played equally well. He executed one clever run from the halfway flag, jinking his way through the enemy before he was overpowered nea-r the line. As an individual piece of play this run of Booth's deserved all the praise it received from the spectators ; but while the Kaikorai man was endeavouring to penetrate the defence of practically the whole of the Taranaki team the Otago centre and right wing threequarter were waiting for him to come out into the open with a paes, which, accurately given and taken, had all the appearances of resulting in a score. Playing against the wind in the first spell, the Otago three-quarter line had few opportunities for attack, all their efforts in this spell being centred on finding the touch-line. In the second half the threequarters fared better, but they never appeared to get properly going a* a combination, and with rai'e exceptions were not really dangerous. MacpVierson. on the right wing, fumbled badly in the first half, the ball beating him repeatedly on the first bounce. Had it not been for the assistance of his fellow backs there might have been occasion to run up the danger signal. Macpherson is usually a clean fielder, but he was certainly off in the first sp-ell on Saturday. In the second half Maopher=in got little to do, but made ihc most of the one good opportunity which came hi 6 way by scoring a good try.

Adams did a. lot of good work both of an attacking and defen'-he nature in the centre. In the first spell the Otago captain was instrumental in taking a lot of the sting out of the Taranaki attack by his splendid tackling, while in the second spell he put in several individual runs and took part in any attack that was going. The run of play did not, however, altogether suit him, and for the explanation of this one must go nearer the scrum.

Gilray is not playing up to the form of last season, li has previously been written of Gilray that he fails to be a great footballer because he under-cstimates his own abilities. That little hesitancy which he shows when coming to a man is fatal to hi.s chance^ of success. Were Gilray to put as much dash into the end of his run as he dees at the cemmoncement it would make for a vast impro\ement in his play. At the same time. Gilray is often left to carve out his own destiny. He in frequently bored on to the touch-line before the ball is transferred to him, and he is expected in tho narrow 6-pace of a couple of yards to run round his opponents. This frequently took place on Saturday. The centre punt would have been u<«efiil on the«e occasions but Gilray has not yet mastered that accomplishment. This player knowe what, it is to be unsupported, wheiefore we find him racing over from left wing to right to stop the career of Hunter and Abbott, and but for slipping just as he was about to throw hitruelf at the Taranaki wing threequarter Gihay would probablj have gra.-c-ed him.

When the names of the Otago toani against. Taranaki fiist published fear was expressed of the combination of the five-eighih division and the seiuni half. That theie were ground- for this- was, I proven on Saturday. Individually, ] Dougheii\. Erkhold, and Dansey pl;>yed [ well, bringing off some clever nio% ements ' in attack, but they never worked together as a combination. Dan-f-^, it must be allowed, is one of the har<le-t men behind the strum in Otago to vvoi k in with that is, to pluvers like Eckhold and Dougherty, who had not previou-ly had ! the advantage of combination with th-r . University man. Dan-ey is animation personified and it is haul to anticipate him. Eckhold found this out aK^m-t Taranaki. and it was only duimg the later stages of (he game that tiie Southern man , was getting into the iuh of (lie 'Vai-uv man's play. Had Eckhold been tian-, • forred directly behind the scrum, with i Dan'-ey inside five-eighth. I venl\ believe . it would have made foi a more effetnvo [ attack. The Southern pla>er would haw passed the ball out with despatch, and with a fast man like Daiisev to operate , in an open position the Ihst line of de- i lance might have been penetrated befoie j the ball was transferred to trie three- j quarter line. As matters w<.-re presented on Saturday, Eckhold stood deep from the scium under orders to gi^'o a cross pass to the centre thrccquartcr- a movement pood in theory but \erj difficult of practice, especially with men altogether foreign to each other's st} le of play. A3 an effective means of attack there hao nothing | \et b«en discovered in the realms of j Rugby to eclipse the cut in and the open- j ing by the five-eight before the ball is transferred to the thicequarter 1 -. In the first spell Dansey was conspicuous for clever defence punts to the line, and in J the second half endeavoured, to o^ieu the {

game out. Eckhold took the ball well, and was instrumental in stopping a number of rushes. Thf Southern man took his share in what little attack was going, ; and was particularly prominent m the passing rush whicJH resulted in Macpherson' s j try. Making his first appearance in repre- | sentative company Dougherty may be s-aid jto have acquitted himself with a fair amount of credit. It was not to be expected that a young and untried player { like the Port Chalmers >outh would "be able to adapt himself to the requirements ' of a big game at the first time of asking. ! Moreover, it was something of an ordeal to play Dougherty against men of such experience antl reputation as the " All • Black" pair Hunter and Mynott. AltoI gether. the Port Chalmers representative has no reason to be ashamed of his ohowj ing. and is certain to imin'o\e with added ' years and experience. The accident to Dougherty is \ery regrettable, but so far as one could judge, no blame was attach- | able to anyone. Due praise has already been nietcd out to tho Otago forwaids, i but special credit should be given to Casey and Spiers, the front -rankers, and to . Paton, the lock man, who held the Otago I scrum so well together. J D. M'Gregor. of "All Black" fame, is ' reported to have received an appointment j that will necessitate his rcmo .'al from i Wellington to Christchurch. | The extent to which Rugby football is I appreciated in Sydney was evidenced on j the occasion of the match between Auckland and Glebe and New South Wales and I Queensland. It drew the largest gatherI ing in Sydney of the year, the attendance | being estimated' at .* 32,000 - a gate of £1150. ; The managirrsr committee of the New ! England branch Rugby Football Union in ! Queensland is dealing firmly with players \ guilty of rough play, language, and disorderly conduct. After a championship ' match recently feeling ran high, and some i spectators interfered with the players, ' leading to blows being struck. The union ] held an inquiry, with the result that one j player was disqualified for five years, one j for three years, and two for tho balance jof this season. Three spectators who took j part in the disturbance wore warned off I the union's grounds. At the last meeting of tho union three .senior players were fined one guinea each for rough play, a senior team was fined one guinea for , playing di-cjualified players, and a junior team had a match awarded to an opposing team for a similar offence. A pi*ominent member of the Auckland City team, while on a \i»it to Sydney recently, stated that the New South Wales ' team would have given New Zealand a good game. After hearing a lot of evidence, and then I discussing the matter for some time, the New South Wales Council has decided to | suspend B. I. Swannell for a month from ', th-e date of his offeuce. Swannell was ordered off the field during the inter-State match between Queensland and New South i Wales at Brisbane on June 30. J The visit oi the Auckland City Rugby j ;eam !■> creating a vast amount of interest j ' In Sjciney fsays the Sydney Town and j ' Conrury Journal). It snould impress upon j Ihe Metropolitan Rugby Union officials the , . ad\antage of adopting the suggestion made j some time ago, that the premier team should be given a chance each year of flaying the premiers of other towns. Take Auckland, for instance. A return visit should be paid by the team holding the Sydney premiership. The arrangements be made on the same lines as these , exi.-tnii? in connection with the Otago- , Sydney UtmcrMty contest. Last season , Otago came <o Sydney, and this year the Sjdney representatives are to visit Dunedin. The proceeds in the matches in Sydney were pooled in order to defray cxi penses of the return trip, as the gate re- j j ceipts in Now Zealam] are not so large as ! those obtained in Sydney. Vivyan, the English in-t-prnationai, who was reported as coming to Wellington from England a month or two back, and who failed to materialise in the capital city, did arrive in the colony, and has been staying with friende in the Wairarapa, where he has had several games. He is now in Wclj lmgton. The English Rugby Union has declined I to amend the laws of the era mo, by making rule 3 pro\ ide that in all matches a referee arid two touch judges must be appointed, all being mutually agreed upon. At preI «ent it. is only the referee who is to be mutually agreed upon. More football history was made on Saturday, when Otago defeated Taranaki in a game that was more remarkable for exciting incidents than as an exhibition of high-grade Rugby. To the spectators the contest was keenly interesting, but it 1 rarely e\er bordered on the thrilling, save i pet haps late in the second spell, when Hunter, the famous "All Black," tired I«f working as part of a disjointed 1 machine, swept away on a single-handed minion and executed those elusi\e sweive^ with winch he electrified Rugb\ enthusiast-, of Great Britain. The game ne\er i leally reached nrcdiocrity. but at times it came pci dou-ly near it. In *a\ ing this wo are not unmindful of the fact that play iv. i^ always interesting- this by virtue, of the unexpected. The pa^in^ of the backs on both .aides «.n j>roi\ and tin-- was piobably the most disappointing featuie of the game. With two such ba' L- a« Hunter and Msuott in the team it wa- e\ppcted that the visitors' rearKiuid would be constantly dangerous, but after one or two attempts at cutting-in had been met by stubborn defenoe faianaki chants d th< a tactic 1 -, and the i>av-<"-werp tian-ferred fiom hand to hand acro=s the field. Thi-, wa-. pr*ttv as a. spectacle, but ineffective a-, a means of attjek. In jusuce to Taianaki it should be- stated that -,hoitl> aftci play started Mynott received an mjuiv which left him more or le-s of a oripjile throughout the game. This con-sideiably handicanod hi* play and somewhat upset" the working of tho comb'naiion, but it does not altogether explain aw.iy the rather inferior showing of tho Taianaki back". After the first quarf-cr of an hour m the lirst .spell Otago secured the ball from the majority of the scrums, but the leather hung in the back row, and before it could be got away to the backs the opposition was swarming in on the attack. To clear, the Otago backs had to use the defence punt to the touchline. In this they were not always successful, the w ind occasionally swerving the ball out of its course. On changing ends the Otago backs got more opportunities, but there was always a weak link between the scrum and the three-quarter line which upset tho combination. On occasions, notably when Adams and Booth got away, good mdi% ldual runs were made, but the backs never got going as a piece of

| machinery. The forward play, particularly that of the local team, was the redeeming feature of the match. Otago i was giving- away over a stone in weight to Taranaki. but this in, the Blues held their own in the first spell and beat the opposi- | tion in the second half. The heavy goinjr j took a lot of the dash out of the big Tara- ■ naki forwards, who towards the end of the game threatened to go to pieces. The more evenly-weighted local pack, on the other hand, was not affected by the soft ground, and was going harder at the finish than at the commencement of the i In close formation footwork the ! Blues beat the opposition, but Taranaki • had the advantage on the line-out. j Strangely enough, they did not make j nmch use of their line play, rarely break- | intr ay. ay on a dribbling rush. The Taranaki foi wards confined their efforts more to assisting the backs by throwing the ball out from "the lino. This confidence was scarcely m airantPtl. for the visitors' backs did not brinjr off anything in the nature of effeethe a'tack. and clay would have b^en beiter confined to the forwards. Tho -•crums generally were well formed, and both pack? broke up quickly. The Taranaki forwards, however, were scarcely true to tradition. There was nothing of the hard rushing, close dribbling about their tactics, for which we have been accustomed to look from the northern .teams. On a j drier ground, with faster going, the Tara1 uaki forwards would probably have shown '• to better advantage. So far . as Otago is I concerned, the main honours rebt with the j forward--, who played with excellent comj bination, their work in the scrum and in ! tho loose being of a high order. Although j the backs took a "prominent; part in the : game, it was the .forwards which ultimately brought victory to Otago. Of the individual backs on the Taranaki side. Hardgravea and Hunter stood out for good work, the latter being always more or less dangerous when he had the ball. Frewin. the Taranaki half-back played well until forced to retire through an injury. Ward, tho exSouthland representative, who took Frewin's place at half-tiru", was not a sucress. The forwards were an even lot. the most conspicuous being Loveridge. who was in the forefront of the game throughout. On the Otago side. Booth, Adams, nnd Dansey were the pick of the backs, while of a solid | lot of forwards M'Donald. Portcous. I Abbott, and Fitzpatrick stood out above j their fellows. The game was contested in excellent spirit, and the unfortunate accidents which occurred were, so far as wo are aware, not tho result of aorgroasive play. Mr Downes made an excellent referee. While he allowed a good deal of latitude, he never ]et the game get out of hand. At a special meeting of the S.R.F.U. Executive on Friday (says the Southland Times) it was deeidpd to disqualify the Waikiwi Club for six months, and to award the Senior tram's match on Wednesday to the 1.F.C., on account of tho former team having played a suspended player in said game. What must }yt> almc^t. if vot quite, * record *oro in a football tnatch was romo'led at Timaru on Wednesday, when th© Christ's College team (Ohristchurch) defeated til* 4 Timaru Hioh School by 77 points to nil. On-8 player scored no less than eieht tries, and converted five of fh-om, while another kicked five goals from tries. An Auckland telegram states thai; Auckland boat the Thames on Saturday by 6 points to 3. The takings at the Taranaki-Otaarv match on Saturday amounted to over £300. Tho following players have been selectfdj to represent Canterbury a-jainat Taranaki on Saturclav: — Full back. L. Ford; threequarters — F. C. Fryer tcaplain). R. G. Deens. and G. D. Gray; five-eighths. W. Fitzgerald aiid D. Fras*r: half, P. B'.'rns; forwr»rd<-. — W. Shannon, F. L. Muriay. C Pearce, C. Evans, C. Ross, J. Lanauz<», H. P. Youjir, and E. Tvna. After the match the team wilt leave Christchurch f ay the northorn tour. In addition to the players mentioned above, the following have been cho^n to make the northern tcur: — J. \AVston aixl J. J. Stevens (bwks) and G. Webb and W. Graham (forwards).

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NOTES BY FULL BACK. Otago Witness, Volume 01, Issue 2733, 1 August 1906

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