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SOUTHLAND 20, v. OTAGO 5. •SOUTHLAND FORWARDS WIN THE GAME. On Wednesday the J4th match, betwi'cn Otago and Southland was -.hayed on the Union Grounds, -bolero about 2,500. The weather was ideal, the tint was .dry ami hard. The team lined out as foliovcs : OTAGO : Full back —Ongley. Three-quarters—J oily, Dwyer, and Macpherson. F 1 ve-ei gh th s— Cham hors, Eckhokl. Hal f~ bac k— Borne. Forwards —J. Davidson. ■! ■ Jhumson. Holden, Morgan, 3vimey, Haig, Domriston (Captain j, Tansey (wing forward). SOUTHLAND. Full hack —Crowther. Th re«xj n arters- —Mc.Neece, Reid, H. Walker. Five-eighths;—A. Wa-ker and Stead. Half-hack—Burgess (Captain). Forwards —Hughes. Miles, Hansom, Owens, Hamilton, Johnson, Jenkins, J. McXeece (wing forward). ;The teams lined out about 8.15. only bring about a quarter th' an hour late, which is not too bad for Southland. From the kick-oil Southland forwards took command, anti rushed play to the Blues’ 25. .Here they stayed for about 15 minutes, until Stead received the ball from Burgess. Billy Ran wide, and then managed to cut in between the fiveeighths, anti, running up let Dwyer, sent- the leather out to A. Walker, from Walker to McXeece. who grounded it over the line*. Hamilton failed at goal from a difficult angle. Reid next came into prominence wdth a potted goal. Scrambling play onsued within Otago’s twenty-five, and the ball came out to Artie. who placed the. ball over the bar with a great left foot kick. Stead, right through the game, was the mainstay of the Southland backs, who were not playing at all up to rep. standard. In the second spell the Maroons’ forwards again rushed play to their opponents’ twenty-five. Burgess whipped the ball out to Billy Stead, who put in a short, run. and then •transferred to A. Walker, who ran, and then gave it hack to Stead, Billy managing to fling himself over the line before Ongley got there. Reid put the ball over the bar. The Otago backs then gave a glimpse of their form. Borrie got the ball away from the scrum, and passed to Eck--hol-d, to Chambers, who put in a good run, and then gave it to Tansey, who scored behind the, posts. Fckhold added the extras. Hamilton was the next scorer for Southland, Don. managing to cross the lino with about three Blue men hanging to him. Jim McXeece put the ball over. Shortly afterwards, McXeece, apparently not satisfied with his work, put another one over. Dr. Crawford must be congratulated upon the way in which he used the whistle, giving satisfaction to both sides. Crowther, full back for the Maroons, was safe, but if he is kept in

that, position against some extra last forwards, he will get bustled. He knows the game backwards, but his lack of pace absolutely condemns him. it. Walker, as wing, did not justify his selection. Although not exactly playing a had game, there arc more capable wings in Invercargill. Reid again played a so-so game. HJe was picked as a centre-threequar-ter, but the position he look up on more than one occasion was something between a live-eighth and a wing forward. He was right In front of Walker several times, consequently Southland’s passing for the most part was wj-etched, Artie did shim? a wee bit. He potted a goal with the left foot, and found the line well down the field on several occasions. His tackling was weak —going for his man around the neck as if ho wanted to kiss him. A. McXeece opened out very badly, but aft -r he scored the first try of the day he seemed to have more con' fldence in himself. lie retrieved his position, but in one respect he needs strengthening — his defence. .Bring your man down wallop. Alex, Don’t pat him on the head and then shove him out of play. With such ■delicate pushes, too ! Alex. Walker. Well, some of his work was good, and some bad. His passes were not of the best, and again, he hung to the ball too much. Stead was Hie SOUTHLAND back team. Without Billy the Maroon backs would have been demoralised. Billy bore the knocking about, made the openings and fully 75 per cent of his opening's were mulled by either Walker or Reid. Burgess opened out very badly, his first half dozen passes to Stead being 'deadly. But after a while he did better and played a real good game. Ho kept the forwards jigging right to the finish. Ned Hughes and Miles got the ball from almost every scrum, and it won the match. Hughes was cautioned once, and rightly so too. and in my opinion some of his tackling - was quite unnecessary. Hansen played a good sterlinggame,. and thoroughly justifies his selection. Mis play lately has been a treat to see. Johnson played a good game also, and was seen to advantage when it came to tackling a man. He came down. Jenkins played a fair game, but now that Isaac has played his 21st year, he should give a player likc Ri'dland or Star .Fraser a chance. At the present time they are undoubtedly the better players. Don. Hamilton and Jim iMcNeece were the two best meh in the forwards, and they will take a lot of shifting from the pack. McXeece had Tansey buried as a wing forward, and then at times 1. war pleased at the way in which ho put his weight; into the scrum. Ongley, full back for Blues, played a very fair game?. He was sound in tackling, but at times he was weak at taking the ball. The threequarter line for Otago gave me the impression that they would have made things hum if they had got a little more ball from the scrum.

They were all clever, dashing players, and Dwyer had hal'd ludk in not heing given a score. He deserved it, and I would have been very pleased if the referee had given it to him. Chambers and Eckhold did not seem to hit it off well. Eckhold was hanging on the ball too much and finding touch. His display was not at all up to the All Blacks’ standard. . Chambers was better, but, as I say, ho was starved for the ball. His cutting in, though, was good, when Tanscy scored.. Borrie wa.s kept defending most of the time, and he had rather a rough time of it. We could not see much of him. He was generally swamped by Southland’s forwards. The Otago forwards would, Hthink, make a good pack, but on Wednesday they had no hope with the Southland boys. Tansey was buried by Mc-STeece, who did what he liked with him. The only man who shone out in the Otago pack was Morgan, who was undoubtedly the only man in both packs who took the ball clean on the line-outs. Ivimey, one of the Otago vanguard, broke one of the small bones in his hand, and at so sustained a cut over the right eye, which necessitated a couple of stitches being put in. Dr. Crawford performed the ’'operation.”

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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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