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NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND COUNTRY TEAMS AT PLAY.

(Per Press Association.)

WELLINGTON, August 4

Tho North Island country Rugby team met the South Island team on Athletic Park to-day in wot wintry weather. Tho ground was a sea. of mud and becamo-worse as tho game progressed. A curtain-raiser earlier in the day had not done the ground any good. It j \v:\s decided to play the game in four ! spells of twenty minutes each. After tho six-vik'l spell it was decided to abandon tho game. This Mas carried outafter tho kick-off for the third .spell, the Northerners winning by 14-3. The efforts of tho contestants could hardly bo called football, tho atmospheric playing conditions preventing any such thing. Tho teams were:— South Island. —Aitchison, McEvay, living, Hall, Nelson, Twomey, Church, Nolan, Sheridan, Best, Fisher, Forbes, French, McTntosh, and Richards. North Island. —Smith, Kaipara, Ford, Manning, tenriard, Groubo, Montgomery, Blake, Scistia, Nicholas, Harkness. Downing, Desmond. O'Neill and Morris. Mr. Neilson controlled the game. North Island (black) kicked off against tho wind, which was Wowing fairly strongly, and carried play to the whites' goal, where Aitchi-eson- ' saved. Best headed a spirited rush upfield, but was not supported, the blacks eventually forcing. Play was taken down field, a drop-out scrum being ordered near the whites' goa.l. .Montgomery sent the ball out to his backs, who gained some ground, Nicholas finally getting possession and touching down near the posts. Manning's attemot at goal failed. Tho Southerners carried play into their opponents' territory, and after some resultless play near'tho line Mclntosh got over, the shot at goal missing. North replied with a determined rush down field, and wero not checked until the vanguard had reached within a '-few yards of the line. After a scramble in tho mud, Desmond dived over. North 0, South 3. Tho teams changed <=ides. black playing with ths wind. The Northerners soon got to work, the forwards with the ball at toe swarming down towards the line. The fie.ld was now a, veritable quagmire, and anything pertaining to classic football was out of the question. The ball went over whites' line, and a dozen players raced for it, Nicholas getting there lirst. Montgomery converted —North 11, South 3. A little later Kaipara fielded the greasy ball well, and set off up tho field, attended by Groube. The effort looked as if it would bear fruit, but Groubo messed tho pass. Play went across field, and from a rush of forwards Harkness secured and touched down. A kick at goail again failed. Tho spell ended 14-3. After the kickoff, tho whistle sounded, and the game was abandoned owing to the persistent downpour.

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NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND COUNTRY TEAMS AT PLAY., Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 12856, 5 August 1912

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NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND COUNTRY TEAMS AT PLAY. Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 12856, 5 August 1912

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