Maroons 14 points v. Colours 13. N.Z. 5 pts. v. Australia 5 pts. The ~ final trial match was played on the Union Grounds on Wednesday afternoon. The teams lined out as follows : MAROONS. —Full back, Crowther, Brit ; threequarters : right wing. Broad, centre A. McNcece (Waikiwi), left wing H. Walker (Workshops) ; live-eighths, A. Walker (Invercargill), W. Stead (Star) ; half, Burgess (Pirates) ; forwards, front row, Hunter (Mataura), Duthie. (Pirates) ; lock, “Star” Fraser (Waikiwi), F. Fraser (Waikiwi), .Johnson (Star), Lobb (Workshops), Dixon ; wing forward, Hamilton (Pirates). COLOURS.—FuII back, Allen (Waikaia) ; ihreecpiarters : right wing Sherbourne (Brits)f centre Irwin (Invercargill), left wing Raines (Star) ; live-eighths, Foster (Invercargill), Fallow (Gore) ; half, Blackham (Invercargill ; forwards ; front row, Ridland (Star), Miles (Invercargill) ; lock, Hansen (Pirates) Owen (Brits), Robertson (Pirates), Jenkins (Star) Bain ; wing forward, .1. McXeece (Waikiwi).
The weather was perfect for the national game, and the turf was also in good order. The game was fast and open. The tackling on both sides was exceedingly keen. The teams were well-matched, ami in my humble opinion it would not have altered the score a great deal however muoh they were sifted or sorted out. The selectors (Messrs B. Bain, A. Geddes, and T. Hennie) were on the touchr line ‘‘picking ail the best ones out,” a task which I did not envy them. Crowther, full back for the Maroons, played a very good game —one of his best this, season. But he is slow. Broad, on the wing, played a good, dashing game. He exchanged jerseys with Haines in the second spell, and played with the Colours. In the centre Alex. McNeece did well, but was not faultless. Alex hung on To the ball too long on several occasions. I do not fancy Harry Walker’s chance very much. Although having every qualification for tire position, there seems to be a lack of finish to all his work. Harry gets too excited. “Cheese” Walker played a good garni-. One of the best on the Maroons’ side. Billy Stead played a good game, and would have done much better had Burgess given better passes. “Jerry” was passing the hall from the scrums very hadly. He would sling it at Billy’s feet from one scrum, and the next the ball would be too high, and Bill would have to stop or turn to get it. On the day’s form .Jerry docs not deserve his place in the reps. Hunter and 'Duthie in the front row were very fair. They exchanged jerseys wieh Ridland and Miles at half time. “Star” Fraser was good everywhere, and thoroughly justified the selectors’ picking. Taking the whole of the forwards in both teams there was very little to choose between them. The selectors’ hardest work will be to jack eight forwards from those who played on Wednesday, and be fair to every man. Thithie had the misfortune to sustain rather an unfoetunate injury dining the early part of the game, to his nasal organ. He. however, played pluckily on until the whistle blew “no side” at half time.
■‘Raddle” Donaldson took his place in the front row in the second spell. But ‘‘Raddle” was not in good condition, and did not play as he used to in the old days. Rid! and and Miles did wHI, and secured most of the ball during the afternoon. Both men were also g'ood in the open and line-outs. Hansen was good. It seems as if he had given up his bad habit, and now plays the ball. All the rest on the Colours’ side played well—the old veteran Isaac Jenkins being well to the fore in everything. Jim McNeece, was the ‘‘star artist” on his side. Jim Broke out in a new place again on Wednesday ('a habit 1 he has got into this season), and shone forth as a place kick second to none. He put the ball between the uprights on three occasions. Blackham played a real good game right through, .and is the man who snould represent Southland in his position. Foster played a good game, bu£ was not backed Tip well by Fallow.
The country man did not seem to be able to take a pass, however good it was. Raines gave a good display, as also did “Bandy” Irwin. Sherbourne did some good things, but he is not consistent enough for higher honours. Once he gets the ball, he would try to take it home. Allen has the making of a good man. On Wednesday he did fairly well, but showed a lack of judgment, and did not compare favourably with Crowther.
NEW ZEALAED v. AUSTRALIA. “Another disappointment. A drawn game.” These were the remarks passing around Invercargill on Saturday night when the result of the final test match between New Zealand and Australia came to hand. The game was played on the Sydney Cricket Grounds in fine weather, before 35,000 people. Governor Sir Harry Rawson and party were among those who attended. The Australian team, was composed of players from New South Wales, and it was practically the same team that lowered the colours of the All Blacks on July 17th to the tune of 14 points to nil. From the result of the present tour, the Australians have made gigantic strides in the science, of the game, and we cannot but admit that in the Rugby world Australia is now a force to be reckoned with.
Compare the N.Z. team’s records this year with that of a' few years ago, and the result is startling. A short time ago N.Z. were wont to trip across the Tasman Sea and administer floggings to all the Australian teams that cam© before them. Now they return with one loss, one draw, and five wins. I was speaking to an authority on the game this week, and he inclined to the idea that this present tour .would do more solid good for N.Z,. Rugby than than that of Australia. He stated that it would make the New Zealanders train and look after themselves better, and not take things too much for granted. The N.Z. team suffered greatly from sickness during the tour, nearly the whole of the team having been ill with some complaint. The hardness of the ground was .not altogether to their liking either. Altogether, this year’s tour has not been a success. RECORD OF THE TOUR.
July 13 —N.Z. 11 points, N.S.W. 3. July 17 —N.Z. nil, N.S.W. 14 xWs. July 20 —N.Z. 26 pts., Australia 6. July 24—N.Z. 23 pt s -> Queensland 3. July 27 —N.Z. 17 pts., Queensland 11 Aug. 3—N.Z. 14 points, Australia 5. Aug. 10 —N.Z. 5 pts., Australia 5. Total pts for, 96 ; against 47. NOTES. The Southland Schoolboys won the,r match against the Otago School by 14 points to 12. Wailkiwi IT. won their match against Invercargill II by 14 points • to nil, and are now holders of the Jensen Cup for one year. Lumsden won from Wakatipu on Wednesday by 6 points to nil. Small, the Brit forward, captained the winners, and also secured a try.
The following' is the team chosen by the selectors after the trial match on Wednesday last to represent Southland next week against Otago ; Full back, Crowther ; three-quarters, IT. Walker, Reid, A. McNeece ; fiveeighths, A. Walker, W. Stead ; halfback, Burgess ; forwards E. Hughes, Miles, Hansen, D. Hamilton, Jenkins, Owen, Johnson, and J. McNeece (winger). Emergencies : Backs, Foster, Blackham, W. Broad, Raines ; forwards : Robertson, Dickson, W. Fraser, Ridland. Crowther should not be in. Foster is the man for the position, then Crawford. Crowther comes third. Do not care for H. Walker. Too erratic a player ; not solid enough. W. Broad first pick, then Raines. Reid jams his wing to the touchline too much. Will not part with ball. Alex-. McNeece one of the certainties of the team, but should have gone in as centre. "Cheese” Walker best available partner to Stead. "Jerry” Burgess should not have been chosen on his trial matches. Blackham is far superior to Jerry in every department opens out the game better, passes the ball well, and in defensive work cohld show Jerry a point or tw T o.
Jim McNeece lertain. Also Hamilton, Hughes, Johnson, Hansen, and Jenkins. Miles chosen for front row, and does not know much about the art of hookingRidland should have partnered Ned Hughes. Miles at back of scrum. Owen out of it.
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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907
Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907
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