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'AUCKLAND 10 PTS. v* SOUTHLAND, NIL. AUCKLAND TOO CLEVER FOR THE MAROONS AT FORWARD. SOUTHLAND WEAK IN EVERY DEPARTMENT, The third representative match of the season was played on the Union Ground on Wednesday last, and the .wearers of Southland’s colour’s went down irefore Auckland by 10 points to nil. The Auckland men were considered to be very weak this year. During their present tour they registered their first win against Southland, and, considering that fact, the Southland men entered the arena favourites. Southland won the toss, and elected to play with the wind. Francis kicked oil for Auckland, and the exchange kick found the centre play. Southland forced matters for a few minutes, hut could not break the splendid defence of the Blue and .White. Through the first spell the teams were very evenly matched, the ball going up and down the field at great speed. .lust before the whistle went, Francis put a nice goal over from a penalty. Considering the advantage the wind gave them, Southland should have done much better in the first spell, but the team —forward and back —seemed disorganised. In the second spell the Auckland team had the use of the wind, which was much stronger than in the first spell. They utilised it to much better purpose than Southland did in "the first, spell, and practically kept them penned in their own half the whole of the spell. The Blue and White forwards won the match, as they beat the Southland men on the line out and in the open. In the first half they did not get any ball from the scrums, but in the second half they screwed the scrums and started short forward rushes down the field. The game right through was fought, between the forwards, and the Auckland backs helped their forwards greatly by their touch finding, which was much better than that of the local men. A noticeable feature of the game was the off-side tactics of the Auckland men. Mr J. W. Wilson refereed in a very satisfactory manner, his 'decisions being very strict and impartial. The teams lined out as follows : 'AUCKLAND. Full Back—D. Miller. Threequarters—C.. Dillamore, G. Murray, F. Wilson. Five-eighths —J. Twiuame and R. Magee. Half-back —C. Coote. Forwards —A. Francis, P. Walsh, F. Herring. Smith, J. Macguire, Kinder, Williams, J. Hall (wing forward) . SOUTHLAND. Full back —H. Raines. Threequarters—W. Broad, A. Reid, r A. McNeece. Five-eighths—A. Walker, W. Stead. Half-back —G. Burgess. Forwards —Hughes, Ridland, Hansen, Miles, Clarke, Owen, McNeece, Don Hamilton (wing forward). 6 D. Miller, The Auckland full back, played a very good game. He was very safe at taking the ball, securing it always on the full. His kicking was well judged, and found a good length down the field. Dillamore was very fair on the wing, bpt his kicking was his best feature. G. Murray played one of the most solid games in the back division. He was the best back on the ground. The few opportunities that came his way Ire used to the fullest advantage. His punting helped his forwards greatly. Wilson played a very fair game. He appeared to be about the fastest man on his side. Twiname, as out five-eighths, gave a good display, his potted goal seemed to break the hearts of his opponents. He also has the appearance of being a speedy man ; he brought Alex. Walker down pretty smartly after 'Alex, had passed him. R- Magee was all right, but suffered want of ball. Stiil, he was there when required. Coote had very little to 'do at half back, but he managed to catch the southland forwards napping towards the end of the game. He got the run ih from the line out, and placed the ball over the June with no opposition

J Hall, wing forward, is a fast man, but did not shine up as well as I thought he would. He was fast, and followed up well, but generally managed to get there too late. The pack is a real good one — the •best that has been here this season. Every man was a worker ; in the scrum, and each one handled the ball well. Their following up was excellent, theTr play being to break up quickly and get among the opposing backs. Every man played well, but those that stood out from the others are Walsh, Kinder, Macguire, 'and Francis. Walsh was consistent everywhere, a grafter in the tight, taking cleanly on the line-outs, and undoubtedly the most consistent followei’-up on the field. “Chuck” Raines played a very fair game. He should have been shifted up a little nearer to the scrum in the second spell. Reid should have gone full back when he changed his position, and Raines centre. It would have suited both of them better, “Chuck” made one “spec.,” and I would not be surprised if he was not included in the next team. Watty Broad was the only man who tackled his man properly. He went for them low, and got there every time. Watty played a very decent game, and is to be congratulated upon his performahce. Especially as it is his first appearance in the Maroon jersey. Artie Reid was so-so. He made two very clever marks, but otherwise his play is really not worth mentioning. Alex. McKeece was just as bad. Ho was. not worth his place on his day’s play. The trouble is, we have no others worthy of a place, either. Alex. Walker was very fair, but could have been better. He has a terrible habit of springing around a manes nock to tackle him. One would fancy he was trying to grasp a lock of his hair as a momenso of the match.

Billy Stead did not come to light either., Billy’s hest game this year was against Otago. Burgess was o(T again. Pass after pass dribbled along the ground. Pie had plenty of ball, especially in the first half. Don Hamilton stood alone again in the forwards.. He could have been better on the line, but he gave a good display. The rest of the pack, with the exception of ‘"hooking,” were so-so. Hughes and Bidland got most of the ball, and both played good games. Hughes marred his by getting off-side. It cost his side three points, as Frances piloted the ball over on one occasion when the “All Black” hooker was caught. Hansen was very fair ; also Miles, Clarke, and McMecce. Owen did not play his usual game. They were lost in open play, also on the line-out. The Auckland men made most of their game from the line-out, but our fellows simply depended on the. scrums. Southland forwards were thoroughly beaten, and it should serve as an object lesson to all forwards —the display of the Auckland pack.

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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907

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Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907

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