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AUCKLAND ONLY RETAINS IT BY A ' POINT. AUCKLAND, last night. The Rugby representative match for the Ranfurly Shield was played yesterday afternoon between Auckland and Taranaki, and after a keenly-contested match, interspersed with frequent .brilliant flashes of play, Auckland .won by 6 points to 5. The teams were: — Taranaki: Full-back, Coleman; three-quarters, D. Cameron, Roberts, Stohr; five-eighths, McLeod, S.. Cameron; dialf, Brown;., forwards, Taylor .(wing), Dewar, Cain, Smith, ' Kiiivick, Young, Hawkins, and Whittingtoii. Auckland: Full-back, O'Leary; threequarters, McGregor, Stewart, MacKay: fiveeighths, Ifwerson, Weston; half, Webb; forwards, Hall (wing), Tresize, Sellars, Wilson, Cunningham, Bruce, Carroll, Barrett. Taranaki won the toss, and played with the wind against them. The Auckland forwards at once rushed the play into Taranaki's 25. Taranaki came back, but O'Leary stopped the rush with a fine line kick. Auckland continued to pTess. A scrum was forjned just in front of Taranaki's goal, and the ball came to Webb, who sent- to Stewart to MacKay, who scored. Ifwerspn . failed to convert — Auckland 3, Taranaki 0. On resuming the Auckland backs again set out on a fine passing rush, which took play to Taranaki's 25. Here Roberts broke away, but he was stopped in Auckland's territory by O'Leary. Auckland were soon attacking- again, and from a free kick Ifwerson placed a"good goal— Auckland, 6, Taranaki 0. The -'home team was having' all the best of play, and Taranaki were kept at home :or long spells at a time. ■ Ifwerson failed :\vice with penalty shots at goal. Ploy then jentred at mid-field, but presently the Taranaki vanguard broke away in a fine loose rush. O'Leary saved once more. Taranaki again became aggressive, but O'Leary : w«s too safe. Then Auckland returned to the attack, and Weston cut in nicely, and he was within a yard or two of the line when he lost the 'lall. Auckland continued to have the better of play, for although Taranaki were better in the loose, Auckland showed general superiority. Presently the Taranaki forwards changed their defence into attack, and this was followed by a pretty run down by the line by D. Cameron. Then Carroll, Wilson and Tresize changed the scene of play with a sweeping rush into Taranaki's 25. Just before half-time Coleman was injured and had to leave 'the field, bis place being filled by Franklin. The teams took the field for the second spell with Auckland leading by 6 to nil, and from the outset a change came over the play. Taranaki went straight into Auckland, half. The Taranaki forwards completely beat the Auckland vanguard, and play became keen and hard; Stohr made fruitless oltofrts to goal ."rom penalty kicks. Once or twice Auckland rushed play into Taranaki's territory, but for .t long period Taranaki maintained the upper hand. It was a great struggle, but while the Taranaki , forwards played a. fine gome, the backs' took, a long time to get under way. Presently Taranaki made a determined invasion, and touch was found a few yards from Auckland's line. A. scrum wns taken and the ball came to Brown, who sent, it out smartly to Franklin, who transferred to McLeod, who cut in and scored a fihe try in' a, handy position. Fi'anklin converted. — Auckland 6, Taranaki 5. Now the game developed into a strenuous contest. Taranaki's brilliancy waned for a time, and Auckland put plenty' of dash into their play and attacked keenly for a while. Then Stohr led Taranaki back, but before long Auckland were in Taranaki's half, and so play, progressed, first one side attacking and then the other side, but presently Taranaki forged ahead again and the ball went ■mt a couple: of yards from Auckland's line. It was Taranaki's chance, but • the bell rang and the team's left' the field with Auckland victorious by 6 points to 5. About 12,000 were present. Mr E. MacKenzie (Wairaropa) was referee. |

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STRUGGLE FOR THE SHIELD., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 12845, 19 August 1912

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STRUGGLE FOR THE SHIELD. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 12845, 19 August 1912