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MAORIS Y. OXFORD. Victory of Oxford.

In bho prosence of. nearly 5,C00 spectators bins important Rugby iixtiuo was docidecl on bhc Morbon Collego Ground yesterday afternoon. The weather was most propitious, with veiy little wind, and bho ground vtas in capital condition. Although tho New Zealanders had bho best ot the game in the first half, their play dcberiorabed somowhab afcerwaid.=, and tho University svero enabled to obtain a very creditable victory by two goals to nil, thus keeping inbacb their unbeaten record of this year. Oxford kicked oil" at half-pasb ttvo. From a free kick bhe Now Zealanders sent the ball over bho lino and Oxford touched down ; then the vibibots touched down. Floming getting the ball from a scrummage all bub dropped a goal, the ball escaping ita destination by a few feet. Chrislopheroon afterwards had a line opening, bub ho preferred a drop ab goal, sending tho ball wide. Ab halt tune tho pay was in neutral territory, nothing of a tangible cluuaeLer having been scored by eithor side. Afcer resuming Lee and A. Warbiick weio conspicuous in a good rush, but the Oxonians piomptly diibbled the ball into their opponents' quaitcis, and J. Warbrick in stopping them icouved a severe knock on hid forehead, and wad unablo to play for borne minutes 1 . A free Lick fell to Oxford, and Ci.nsbophercO.i, amuLb tho pluidif& of *<ho company, dropped a beautiful goal fromneor Lfic ccntie hue. Diixetly t.ttcr a really splendid diibblc neatly iliioo-patls the length 01 the Qiound, in whicli Wilson, Budwoi Ih aiid Henderson figured conspicuously, enabled tlio latter to touch-down close to tho goal. Evans took the place, and had little dilliculty in scoiing the premier point. The Now Z^alandeis now played up in better foim, and had it nob been for the splendid cackling capabilities shown by VJoming they miiKt ha\o got in. have never seen him play a better game than he did yesterday. The New Zcalanders passed very cleverly and kept tho University hard ab work until time was called. Thoie is no doubb that the Putk Blues were bho better team, but nc\cithele&s their opponents played a capital game-, bheir passing ab times completely bewildering the Oxonians. Theforwaid play of bho latter wad of a very high standaid, and several of their dabble? -\\oic remarkably good. Refeieo, A. P. Hill (.Cardiff); umpires, A. U. M Croomo (Magdalen, O.xford), and li. Williams (Now Zealanders). Sides :-- Omoko Ummjksitv. —W. lia^hleigh (Brasenose) (back), P. CJhusto{>heison (Univeitity) (captain), 0. J. N. Fleming (Queen's), and Y. 11. Claiirfs (Keblo) (three quaiter backs), F. Borwick (Tiiniby):uunV. B. Wilkinson (Keble) (halfback*), IX \V. Evand (Jesus), U. O. B. Lane (Trinity), 11. ]). Budworth (Magdalen), N. F. liendoison (IMagddlen), E. l\ .Simpson (Magdalen), J. E. A diige (\Yoicester), .]. 11. G. Wilson (Queen's), T, Parser <Bra>seno&c) and L. J. Percival (Trinity). Nlw ZeaiaM'Drs, —E. McCausland ((•'ordon, Auckland) back, J. Warbrick (Malata) (captain) W. Wynyard ("TakaDiina, ' Koith SHoie) and W. (Malata) (three quarter-backs), D. Gage (Poneke, Wellington), P. Keogh (Dunedin), and 11. Wynyard (North Shore) (halfbacks), T. Ellison, (!. Wynyavd (Noith Shore), W. Anderson (Thames), R. Maynard (North Shore), R. G. Taiaioa (Dunedin), T. Rene (Nelson), A. Warbiick (Malata), and If. Lee (Riveiton).

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MAORIS V. OXFORD. Victory of Oxford. Te Aroha News, Volume VI, Issue 359, 13 April 1889

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