SOUTH ISLAND WINS. NORTH GOES DOWN 8 TO NIL. GOOD GAME ON A MUDDY FIELD NO SCORING THE FIRST SPELL . [Feb Pkiss Association.] WELLINGTON, June 20. 'A cold southerly was blowing and the ground was heavy at> Athletic Park to-day for the North v. South Island Matcii. . ' The kick was taken by the South (Whites), with the wind nt their backs, and a forward rush was stopped by Jim Ryan, the Black's lull-back. Tho North team were defending at tbeir own twonty-fivo for the first few moments. From a serum the ball shot over the line, and the Blacks forced. The Whites maintained tho pressure iind Pvl'o attempted to work through, but his rush was smothered. From a penalty, Gockroft endeavoured to put the ball over the bar, but it fell short, and R. Roberts, at tho head of tho Northern forwards, shifted play back to near the half-way line. From an awkward angle, and with the wind,, blowing side-on, . Graham, a moment .afterwards, made' an effort to haist the ball over as the outcome of a penalty awarded against the Blacks, but failed by a narrow margin. The attack was kept up by the Southerners, but tho game up to this stage had boon fairly dull. Again the Blacks, were penalised, and from- close on half-way Graham again essayed to kick a goal, but tho hall landed in the field of play. The Blacks had just crossed the half-way line' for the first, time during the game, wlien tlie bell for quarter-time went. On changing ends, tho Blacks had a turn on attack. Scott, the White's full-back, was penalised for off-side play, and Stohr attempted to kick a goal, but- was - unsuccessful, the ball striking the outside of the posts. The second quarter was all in favour of the Blacks for a while, but _ Lynch saved with an awkward screw into the ruck, and the Whites., with a loose rush, invaded the other end of tho field. Downing found the r line with a neat kick, and _ tho Wliites, kept busy endeavouring to stem .the onrush. Behind ,the scrum .at half-way, E. Roberts secured ■ the : ball and sent to Stewart, several other backs also taking hand in the rush. ;An effective forward movement by the Southerners, headed bv Langford, < was settled beautifully by E. Roberts, who sent the ball back to the twenty-five. Lynch marked smartly and saved the situation with a kick to touch. The Whites were still defending when halftime sounded, without either side having scored. ; A BRISK SECOND SPELL. The secdnd spell opened a little more brisklv than tho first half. Cockcroffc gained ground for the Whites by picking up and kicking just before his rush was. stopped.' From the scrum at halfway the ball was shot to the Blacks' twenty-five, and the forwards kept, up the pressure. The ball struck one. of . the White's forwards and bounced back between the North's goal posts. Taylor beat two opponents for it and scorde for the Southerners. Graham kicked an easy goal. South Island 5 points, North 0. Tho Whites followed up their success with solid work in the loose, and cut down tho opposition. Scrambling work on the Blacks' goal Hue ended in Pyle wrin-liiig through and. falling on tlie ball over the line at the corner. Gockroft failed with the kick. ■ South Island 8 points. North 0. The Blacks were again in serious trouble almost immediately, the backs being of no material assistance owing to the greasy state of the ground. A dangerous forward rush by the Blacks, which ..Gockroft was unable to stop, was frustrated by Scott (full-back), who shifted play, back to tne North's twenty-five. In a passing bout Stohr showed up prominently . and took the ball to midfield, but tho Whites swept down strongly. There was too much pressure behind the rush, and the bail shot out of bounds. The attack was still being hotly sustained ' by the "Whitfed when the third twenty ended. Fast footwork by the North forwards gained their side advantage, and faulty handling by the Southern ba-riks enabled the Blacks to get past the Southerners' twenty-five., Gockroft attempted to screw into touch, but the wind and an awkward angle beat him, and the ball shot behind the line. He chased it smartly, fell on it in time and forced. TJie Blacks were now making a whole-hearted attempt to wear down the defence, and kept the Whites .to» their twenty-five. A 'determined rush was st-ormed by Scott, but the Blacks., kept up the siege nntil the '.ball again shot-out-of bounds behind the line, and the Whites were again forced. The, Blacks had all tho better of the last twenty minutes, but failed to penetrate the defence and no further score resulted.
NOTES ON THE (Special to the "Star.") WELLINGTON, June 20. Wellington kept up its . reputation from the weather standpoint for the North and South Island match to-day. A dirty southerly sprang up, _ cold and full of rain. The ' Antarctic conditions, however, did not keep the crowd away, and about six thousand peoplo watched the game through its varying fortunes. Two spells of twenty minutes from each end constituted tho first half of the game, and the final spells wero -twenty-five minutes each. The_ first notable feature, South playing with the wind, was a dash by R. Roberts, followed by C'ockcroft breaking right through, only to lose the chance by a poor pass with only the full-back in front of him. On the day and under tho conditions, the South Island players wero superior, and thoroughly deserved their win by eight points to nil. The forwards wero well matched, each side coming awav in great dashes. In the solid work, however, the men from the south carried more guns than tho opposition, and frequently broke right through the cordon opposed to them. They harried Roberts and company with a persistency that was surprising. It was not a day for backs to show off their quality, the ball being greasy and hard to handle, nnd tho ground heavy." The first two quarters were tame in comparison t6 the. final half, neither side scoring during the opening forty minutes. Often tho defence was menaced and the crowd woke up to cheer, but the attacks were all turned aside- In the last half the enthusiasm was something to remember, for it had hardly started when a kick by R. Roberts was charged down by Murray. :In tho rn6e for tlio ball Taylor showed a fine dash of pace, and gathered the try in a few yards short of the dead ball line. Graham ma do no mistake with the kick, and South were five points ahead. The crowd had hardly finished cheering when a fine passing 1 rush by the South backs saw Pyle with
full stoam streaking for tho line. Ho grounded tho ball, and was then blind Led into touch in goal. Tho referee awarder! tho try.- and thou found tlio'lino umpire with his flag up, 1 ylo having gone out, hut tho decision was given, and tho tally was—South, o points; North, nil. In tho Inst twenty-five minutes tho crowd had worked themselves up into a fever heat of excitement, and the play hovorcd round tho South poal. Despite valialvt attack tho defence withstood tho strain, at times hurling their opponents right back. Darkness camo along, but still tho game wont on, and when tlio hell rang North had not scored a solitary point. Ryan was a bettor full-back on tho dav "than Scott. Gockroft was tho best l.ack, and Taylor gavO a. much bolter display than Roberts at hair-back. Lvnch did not get many opportunities, and ]'ylo did every tiling that came his way in good stylo. Stohr has never impressed mo as a wing throe-quarter, and he did not this afternoon. Weston was the best attacking back on the north side, .11. Roberts not playing up to reputation. M'ivenaie was the equal of Grawshaw and Black, the latter having bad luck to ho carried off tho field when going really well. Taylor beat Murray 6n the side of the scrummage, although the Canterbury man went splendidly m the open. The 'host of the forwards were Graham, Williams aiKi M'Neece (South) and Downing) Wilson and Cam (North), with Irvine 1 in tho lock. These should compose the New Zealand forward division. Judging by to-day's play.- the backs should be: —11 van (full-back). Lynch, Cocker«ft and R. Roberts (throe-quar-ter*) : Black and Weston -(fire-eighths), and Taylor (half).
RESULTS OF INTER-ISLAND MATCHES.
Wheru Dale. Played. Winners. 1897 Wellington North, 16 to 3. 1902 Wellington South, 20 to 1-4. .1903 Auckland SoiUh, 12 to 5. 1904 ' Dunedin 'Drawn, 3 each 1905 Wellington North, 26 to 0. 1306- Wellington ..North, fl to 6. 1907 Christchurch North, 11 to 0. 1908 Wellington North, 12 to 5. 1909 , Wellington South, 19 to 11. 1910 Christchurch South,. 14 to 10. 1911 Wellington , North, 19 to 9. 1912 Napier North, 12 to 8. 1913 .Christchurch South, 25 to 0. 1914 Wellington South, 8 to 0.
WON ON TIME. WELLINGTON BEATS WAIRARAPA (Special to the "Star.") CARTERTON, June 20. Tho Wairarapa and Wellington Senior representatives met at Carterton to-day in fine weather. The ground was heavy,, the ball greasy ana the game a struggle between the forwards, 'with Wairarapa having the upper hand. The first spell ended—Wellington |, Wairarapa ml, Gilchrist scoring. N. Johnson fecored for Wairarapa early in the second half, and after keeping ' Wellington on , tho defensive all through the spell, the local men were chagrined to see Fair 6 score for the visitors on the call of time. Wellington won by 6 to 3. AUCKLAND GAMES. [Pee Preeis Association.] AUCKLAND, June 20. ' Rugby results:— University B,.Marists nil. . Gity v. Ponsonby—lio score.- " KAIKOURA BEATS, WAIAU. (Special to the " Star.") KAIKOURA, June 20. In execrablo weather Kaikoura defeated Waiau in the li'urunui Subunion Competition to-day by G to nil. The game was fast and interesting, despite'the slippery, ground. Kaikoura scored a penalty goal and a try. . DUNEDIN RESULTS. [Pir Passu Association.] •DUNEDIN, June 20. Rugby results: — Zingari nil, Dunedin nil. Kaikoura 15, Union nil. Southern 6, 'Varsity (3. Port Chalmers 8, Pirates nil.
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