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MOTHER COUNTRY BEATEN., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 0, 12 June 1919
MOTHER COUNTRY BEATEN.
GREATEST RUGBY MATCH OF THE SEASON. INVERLEITH, April 1. There have been few more impressive momenta m the history of eport than when "God Save the King" • was played before the great game at Inverleith today. Fifteen thousand spectators were m their places, soldiers at the salute, civilians bare-headed, m silent tribute of loyalty. And not a few thought of that last historic struggle at Inverleith m 1914, when Scotland's -wonderful rally only just failed to bring her the victory, and of the many gallant gentlemen playing that day who have since fillen on a sterner field. Very soon, however, a roar of welcome from the hundreds of New Zealand soldiers who had made the long journey north greeted the All Black fifteen, led on by Ryan, who captained the ;side ; #h3e li. G. Brown, m command of the Army, was received with even greater enthusiasm. Play began at a great pace, and for the first few minutes the New Zealanders had the better of * the struggle. The Army were , kept m their own twentyfive, defending desperately. A fine kick T>y Sloan drove the New y Zealanders back,. but only for a momeni. From a line-out their forwards ; rujsheql down the Army line,, and 'there !;was; anpther.ifieree struggle to prevent them'^CQttttg.-Gradij - ally /the. Arniy Joryfjtfss jsetiled and? a perfectly irresistible Hah* yitji Usher m the van,: cleared . their, lines. From this point the Army we're at least as good as their : opponents v they had pot over their bad time without -bei% scored against, and so well Njrere they playing that they had a-., distinct; .chancp of victory. ■ •• ". : "~* • .>i.v"&-" •''■; • : Brown and Ushpt, led. .th'e;r|orwards i« great style* and ; they began,,<to; get the ball out to P.vni. : C. Lewis;, put m. V clever run, endiijg..with > a fine kick, which put the Army, on theatteck, but the New Zeaiantfers /broke; away with a strong rush only to be sent iback by a fxep kick for off-side^. The Army again had a splendid chance to score; Piltman kicking to touch when he might .apparently have passed out to his Jthree^-quar-ters. More Army passing was followed by 0. Lewis having a creditable but unsuccessful drop at goal, from' which the New Zealanders saved, as -they, had to do again, a minute -las*r, after ii: dash foV the line by Day. ':.'.. '■ ' ■)'.. -.:. IRREPRESSIBLE ALli BLACKS. The AH Blacks raised; the 1 siege, arid thoutrh Gnmberlege, who /w.^sZV kicking; beautifully,''' drove them backfmore than, once, they would , riot -be denied .. ami again, bore down pnaVthe, Atroy line. Here there. w#s fier^^ytijggle for. .a. minute.:, or. two; and" :dozeri.. players pfboth si<3es\ Ttfjenir -i oter . m $. heap. Most; people.; ejected a .five yards . .scrum, but the ref ere» s ' -predite'd BelHs with a try, tfhichXjras riot converted. In no way diflrnayedi'rJhiß Army came away, at oricfe, PWkies oeiftg.■..conspicuous." for - several excellent, pieces work. Just as a, score seemed bound, to come Storey iriijefccepted a. pass oujr, side, his own. '7twesty-fjve" &na dashed away for the ; Army; ,i 1 jne, : £ Sis . great pace and a' clever^jfcyerve took ihim. past Oumberlege. and ijh.oiigh. Sloajn ,f roni. the opposite wing made.a- e^eatj ;effort . h;^ could, not save the try. stohr again, failed to convert, and. the.NeV. Zealand-^ ers crossed over with a o^ijojnts lead. .' ' DEADLY TACKLING,, .:. .';■/: ! ,. For some minutes after/tjhe resump- ( tion play hung about the 1 Army "twenty; V five," but suddenly , the, forwards ,b'rojfe away with one of tbei* thrilling rushes, and set up a pfotoriged fatteck on the New line. IThe Air-Biacks, hung tenaciously to ..' tneir lead.!- ajid their tacklincr was deadly, but nothing cpuld stop the Army, and wild chiseririg greeted Pillmah's dash over the- line. The referee, however, ruled that the New Zealanders had saved, and ' they were compelled to do so' twice mqre m quick! successioiCfi&r thetfe was no j doubt that the Army had gained the jipper-hand for the time. They were-sooft. rewarded, for a clever piece of work Lewis; gave Pickles a ctiance, &nd h?> put Day mat the corner, no goal irjssutting. . ; . The drop-but d,id not; cle^r^the New, Zealand lines for lorig, fyhe. jArray were soon back again, pressing i.haM- arid making the most efforts.; to ; equalise. . Only defence of the highest claps could have kept them out ; ; , for ten minutes at least a try aeem&i likely at any , moment. Now and- ajj&in the All Black forwards broke aWayj,,but Cumberlege twice sent them back , in. great style with long, rofeing kicks' iii'(o,toueh. Oullen tried to drop a g0a1,., and only missed by a foot or" 'two, -and. .Sloan on one ocpflsion was within &/yfnjj| of :the| line. Then the- deferiSeVS managed ifj' clear, and the end' of :a greit gamei ar^ rived with the' oaliMn neutral territory. ■•■ '/ ■■■:■ comiv^nts.'; .;r;. rj The New ZettlandeYs thus Won by two tries .to one, and no one, jrill .grudge them their victory.' They -Wfei*e^he^fir.?t; to admit that, •barring ,thd,-'tf|ijury .$> Ryan,' they had had a little Jthe^beUqf the luck, but it must hofe be fbrgotteri that it was thefretemdef^riQe.^at pulled them through, . and there; is no liick about. that. If the Araiy did riot score more than Once," it was because .their opponents would not let therfi, and the game is decided by-' points oflsained and -not by considerations -of | g^od 'or evil fortune. Yet if tlje^ match ;';we?.e , to ; be replayed next week .riot many of the Inverleith spectators. . would ( make the All Blacks as. .fltrppg;fav6rfjbes. as they Svere on Saturday. ' K "■ ■•"■' ? ; \'. .■•...* ."; They "are an . exceptionally; well-bal' anced team, strong fore and aft, with. Rio ; weak points.. ' Pace arid idash are their chief charac'terißtios, •^'arid'! pppbrturiisrii is their god. They ara'ever ready to profit by the.niißtakeß or th)|, other side, arid just as ciever m covering up their own. ( (yßrien was as safe, as ever as full-back,. arid the third .line; while having very little organised attacking tp.dp. defeinded magnificently,. ■, Tjiey ; . are. all fact, and essentially sbundr they were handicapped 'by Ryan's/ injury. The forwards played, as',, they '." ialways do, young r men Jn a hurr^' ,frqrii start to finish, buf,.; fit,, quite; half .the' Arriiv pack\||.ere their niasters, 6the ,wing forward, was put' by himself m more .ways, than pn^t. He is a great player, and ifnpreesed .'everybody. ! PICK QF THI! HCXM# XVi In an attempt to forecast the probable" rim of this game >by the }a.efi week it was stated that . on % ; the • Arniy' forwards everything depended. , They rose nobly to ,the occasion, j^' Brown and' Usher were the two forwards of the day, and th«re was not a; weak riian m the pack. ' Pillman was far v more useful than m any other > match this season : bis only fault, which. wns. shared by his comrades, was that, of kicking too hard m the open, which does not^ pay against O'Brifin. Pym worked as hard as ever nnd fed Lewis capitally on the whole, thbucrh some of his passes would ha.ve~ troublftd anybody with less certain hands' than the Welsh* half. \ : ' ." -• Perhaps Lewis was hardly* af his best." but he \ras very closely marked arid has at anyrate no reasori' to- reproach- himself. Pickles played a strong (rairieqtii^e successfully : the AH Blackfl found him' very hard to brine I dowii. ';'; $lqfn\ was: nr fine foyin : anqthe^ yar<? ' ?fo 'so; would make him a great .wine,, Cm!sn ari3 Day had not so. many chances, t«fut botli i/d(rl well ; while Gumborlege %b'-: fulVhaclr was one of the chief suCcesfies ofttife match. If ever a man rose to ari.,'bpportunttv he did., and. h« wns'repeafipd-* Iv cheered foiScfaverAfieldi'ng'and caTchin(r and for finding touch fatj the ■ dn?P of big kicks v f\He,:s.Ci»vrelTrHnfide n riiisi v and-nibW^nceij^id hef -fail to -get' hio kick in^.vfT? ^. - '..*;**■■"■ This is a>n^af(!^i?,.jDrh?ch; Jia-y become one of the inndTfiarkjllof footha)] h'ctory. and it should >c piiton .rebprd that it wa« rilnyed fhrou jflipu't m ■ i • +T»e most snorting spirit^, and thjit'xrnbfching vcould. b(t» mpTe iaclmiraMe than llik' manner, .m. which .both Trinnerj , and losers.. a^iep'fed/ [the resuTl. There' wafe -ho" undue exultai t,?on on the part of the sportsmen from i New Zealand nml M^ver a ptumble from the Army,- There is not much ..wrongi with the Britfnh JR!m*ire -when 'it cari ? \vc*pi\ wrtti men. Teams :— - -^ - Mother-Country : Capt. F. t>imherlfifiret Liwit. H. V. DaVy, Lteut. W. 'I* ' Gj" 11^ 11 ' Ll>etl t" % 0- Mafor A. T. Sloan: Oapt. .t, A.-Pym, Lieut. J- ■■©. M. Lewis ; Lieut*-CbL /; I/ 4 (J, BroTrn (capt); Lieut.-CW, J. Brunton,
Capt,, C. H. Pillman, Capt, C. M. Usher, Capt. A. D. Laing, Major P. H. Lawless C.S.M. I. Jones, Capt. R. A. Gallic. New Zealand: J. Or'Brien ; J. Fold, J. Stolnv P. Storey; J. M 'Naught, J. Ryan; C. Brown* E. Hasell. li. Sellars, J. Kissick, L. Cpckcroft, A. Wilson, E. Belliss, R. Fogarty, A. Singe. Referee : J. G. Cunningham (Watsonians).
MOTHER COUNTRY BEATEN., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 0, 12 June 1919
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