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).
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