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I Wales Whacked [ VICTORIOUS SEQUENCE BROKEN. I ENGLAND ONCE MORE TOP 000. I THIRD TIME SINCE 1897. I TODAY'S HARD-FOUGHT GAME [ WELL-DESERVED 5-POINT VICTORY II ââââââ .& I I Welsh Forwards Fail: Backs .out} Form ] I THE PRINCE OF WALES PRESENT 25,000 Spectators: Enthusiastic Scenes In another place details of the Wales- ngland record are. given. Here it is Efficient to note that to-day's victory of the Rose over the Leek is the first sinoe 1904, the second since 1898, the tatter year being the third in the series looking backwards. From 1880 to 1886, both inclusive, ^Rgland always won in 1887 and 1890 (the intervening years the teams did not Wales had a look in, drawing in 1887 and winning in 1890. Then, in 1891 411d 1892, England recorded victories Lt1 1893 Wales was on top in the next three years, England in 1897, Wales In 1898, England then Wales took the ad for five years England scraped h,Dilile ahead in 1904; and since then ales put in an unbroken sequence of Victories until to-day. Totals, including to-day: Wales won » England, 12 drawn, 2. I By "FORWARD." I TWICKENHAM, Saturday Afternoon. witnessed what may be termed the °IlJ.QÃal inauguration of the English Rugby s new ground a-t, Twickenham, and it 1st have gladdened the hearts of all fol- ders of the IT&g^er code to see so many Wincing evidences of the reTiva-1 of public interest in the great and typical British Daatim". It w&s all the more çatifying in view of tb. long barren period which has been the of the English Union during the ?t dec!de. and the joy of the Saxon was ?y acd generally shared iby every Welsh- man. For quite a couple of liours before the Scheduled time for the opening of the twenty- seventh conflict between the representatives of the two countries pec-pie poured into the ground and picturesque village of Twioken- b.am. and made taste to satisfy their tll-riosity as to what kind of home the Rugby tnion had made for themselves. It is j^ffectly safe to assume that everybody who b not been on the ground before was ltnPres.^ed with its oommodiousnees and the â¬x^>elieuce of the general pla.n of arrange- illeilt. He would, indeed, have been a sorry lave who would have found lault with a "illgle detail in the matter of accommoda- tion. That such a person could h<;e been |>Und amo-ng the thousands who surro-uuded t'1,,B playing aTe-a se-enied impossible, judging hot the smiling faces and the uniform good huniour of the crowd. I Prosoects of the Sides I t for many years ha-s a match between England and Wales been shrouded in so ^Hich uncertainty; the fact being gene- recognised that the English team *a-s essentially one of unknown possi- bilities. It was a. tcss up whether t-hey would play brilliantly or indifferently, s'id no one cavilled with the thoory that ererytiling depended upon their rnaKing a Sood start. Granted that they got off the Jlla,rk early in the game, there was more a sporting chance that the Englisii- would win. On the other hand, it was equally possible that they would take too long to find their feet and gen into real working order, and that while they were in a state of ragged- 1J.e.s.s, the Welshmen, by virtue of their superi- or combination, and greater cleverness in Miotics, vvould put the issue beyond doubt before their opponents could get into their stride. Of course, all this was pure hypothesis for the simplt: reason -E,hat the Einglisa players, having never played together before, could not possibly be "weighed up" with any Qcgl'OO of definiteness as a combination. It hardly be said that the same difficulty did rot exist in forming one's judgment of .he Welshmen's form, it was extremely satis- factory to all concerned that there was not IL single defection on fit,liet side, and eevry Jllan reported himself thoroughly fit. I Prince of Wales Present The match was honoured by the presence °f the Prince of Wales, who is so keenly in- terested in Rugby football, that one may reasonably hope that his Kcyal Highness Mil come down to Wales to see the Welsh- men play on their own ground. The reserved Seats in the grand stand were occupied by a large number of notabilities in the world Of sports, but there would have been some- thing wanting if, the familiar face and figure of the veteran, Mr. Roland Hill: had hot been among them It was estimated that between four and five thousand enthusiast Welshmen tnneHed hp by the conveniently arranged excursions cf the Ureal Western Railway Company, and they brought with them quitt" a Cymric atmosphere. 25,000 People Present There vs&s a genuine swing of ciitnusiasm 1 that has been absent in international matches Played in England for a number of year3, and ten minutes from the time there must have been close upoa 25.CC4) people on the ground, Both of the huge stands flanking the whele length of either touch-line were and the opening ceremony could not have been characterised by happier or ttore encouraging conditions. The Teams ^rfTU-T LT L-BACK:engi^ND. tWo R. Johnston (Gloucestershire and Bristol) T BACKS: tR, W. Poult-on (Oxford University and Harlequins), So-lornon iCornwaJl and Redruth), tJ. G. 0. Birkett (Surrey and Harlequins), and +P. E. Chapman (Durham and Westoe). ttLF-BACKS: tD. 1- Gent (G]<)uce-stershi I.V and, Gloucester) and TA. D. Stoof) (Surrey and Harlequins). ^RWARDci: *+W. Johns (Gloucestershire and Gloucester), TH. lierry (GVoucestershire and Gloucester), 'E. L. Chambers (Eaet Midlands and Bed- ford), +L. E. Barrir?ton Ward (Edinburgh Um. -| HFS1t v ) iC. H. Piilman (Kent and Blackheath), +H. J. S. Morton (Kent and Ulackheath), tD. F. Smith (Surrey and Richmond), and +L. Haigh (Lanca8hir and M anoheilter), Aa intern ati?Dnal; t pisyed for England; tot the Rest a.t Twickenham on Saturday. »nrMACK: WALES. J- Bancroft (Swansea). U l tHB.EB-QUAHTER BACKS: HI *W. Trew (Swaneea) (capt.), right oentm; K J. P. Joneo (Newport), left centre; ? ?R. A. Gibber__? ? ??J_ '?n? Md d '=. t _== EALF-BACES: °. *R. M. Owen (Swansea) and *R. Jones (Swansea). FOR WARDS *J. Webb (Abertillery), "1. Morgan (Swansea), *C. M. Pritchard (Newport). *D. J. Thomas (Swa-naea). *T. Evans (blaaielly), J. Pugsley (Cardiff), H. Jarman (Newport), and -15. Gronow (Bridgend). An international. I Referee. Mr. J. J. Dallas (Scottish Unjon); I Welsh touoh-judge, Mr. H. S. Lyne (president Welsh Rugby Union). I THE GAME DESCRIBED. I The Welshmen appeared firet in their red jerseys, closely followed by the EngUsh tM,m in all white. Gronow kicked off for WaJes. Stoop gave to Solomon, who put in a run and feinted to pass. He then turned over to Cha.pman, who, amid a scene of wild enthu- siasm, got in, although tackled. He, made a good but futile attempt to convert, and Eng- ) land stood three points up. England continued to attack, but at last the visitors moved the ball over the centre line, and Johnston had his kick charged down, but Chapman came to the rescue and checked the onslaught. The Welshmen were penalised for feet up in the scrum, and Wales a little later had a free kick. A bout of passing saw Poulton break away brilliantly, and then from a counter effort initiated by Owen the ball came across to Hopkins, who looked like getting right away, but Johnson dashed in and brought him into touch near the centre flag. The Welsh pack now settled down, and first Evans and then Gronow headed rushes, but in the later case Gronow spoilt the chance by a pass forward to Thomas. Bancroft had a free for Gent picking out of the Bcrum, and also found touch well directly after, but th-e ba-11 subsequently was forced into touch- in-goal. The Welsh were on the offensive, but Berry and Pillman headed a rush to mid-field. Hera same a series of dshing efforts of England's back division, with passing and re-passing by Birkett and Chapman. In a line-out close to the Welsh goal-line the visitors were pena- lised, and Chapmaij, kicked a fine penalty I goal, giving England a lead of six points l with the game less than a quarter of an hour old.- This was destined to be soon decreased, as" after a rush by t-lie Welsh eight, Johnston was tackled in his own 25, and from a loose Evans, of Llaneily, got over with a try when the game was seventeen minutes old. Ban- croft failed at goal, so that the Rose stilt led by three points. The Welsh back division, who had had little chance, made a good effort by Trew and J. P. Jones. The return pass, however, was forward. Directly aitcr, following a rush byy the home forwards, headed by Berry, Johnson pulled down J. P. Jones near the visitors' line, and irom the resultant scrum Stoop gave to Solomon, who feinted, and then ran in himself. Chapman kicked a splendid go.al, and England led by eleven points to three. They then had an anxious time on the! j defence. J. P. Jones mulled a pass, and Gibbs made a run, but was pulled down by Johnston. Bancroft next foiind touch cleverly in the home 25. A spell of mid-field play succeeued, affording a little lull in the hitherto almost continuous roar of excite- ment. Birkett gave a glimpse of his old form, and then England bad a free for picking the ball out of the scrum, and Wales one for offside, which enabled the Principality to reassume offensive for a wilile. Solomon did a good bit of work, spoilt at the finish by a reckless forward nass, and Bancroft a moment later made his marli, finding touch from a punt. It was a ding-dong struggle, marred by further free kicks. The "Weigh forwards broke away sus- piciously like off-,sidc-, fm,n which England were jiret after penalised. Bancroft, how- ever. failed to utilise, and pIling (gland) worked into the opposite half, and at the interval the score was Half-time: G. T. Pts. I England. 2 1 11 Wal 0 1 3 THE SECOND HALF Little time was not to waste. Morton kicked off for England, who had to chock several rushes by forwards, Johnstcn doing finely, and a little later, finding touch From loose work thirty yards out, Owen kicked across to Trew, who picked up and gave to Gihbs. The last-named had a. nretty i-laar run in. and scored Wales's second try three minutes after the re-start. He .took pla-c-e himself, but made a poor attempt to lift the ball over the crow- bar, and left England still five points to the good. Birkett had his jersey torn, but a visit to the dressing-room apparently did not yield another, though one was forthcoming on the field a couple of minutes later. The Welsh initiated a series bf efforts, but gained little ground, though play had settled down in the home half. At longth Birkett kicked and rushed up the field, with Pso,ult-on as attem- dant, but Bancroft, found touch with con- slmInate coolness. The Welshman were soon over the centre line again, and Stoop had to run round behind his line to save. JEven- tually the ball went dead. Bancroft made a mark in his own half, followed by a run by Salomon. A good bout of passing by the Er.gli.sh rear division saw Solomon dwell too lon<g on the hall. Thn home lot were sticking well to their guns, tfce pace being very hot, de-nite the heavy 'ground rii-d the slipperv be 11. More infringements by Wales led to another free, Pritchard this time bein- at fault. Berry broke away, and Gent and Stcoip gained further ground, but the Welsh- men returned to the home half, but a few I minutes now remaining. Final: G. T. Pts. ENGLA.ND 2 1 11 j "WALES 0 2-6 "Forward' Story, of I the Game. At a quarter to three the players filed into I the enclosure, Willie Trew being the first to I j lead his men, and the Welshmen were quickly followed by the Englishmen, in their spot- less white jerseys. Mr. J. D. Dallas, the referee, quickly got the men on the mark, and Gronow kicked off for Wales. Poulton took the ball, and instead of replying with a kick in the usual way, put in a magnificent run, and got down to the Welsh 25, where Jack Jones picked up under difficulties, and was immediately bcwled over. He played the ball at once, and Gent, picking up in the loose, gave a sharp } Ii,h to fcolomo/i, who ran slilendittly, I .-ind. at the right moment transferred to Chap- man on the iight ,iug. The Westoe man ran at full speed, and handing- off Willie Trew, half stumbled, but regaining- his feet bounded over the line with a clinking try vithin a minute of the kick off. This early success created the wildest enthusiasm, the cheering being kept up for several minutes. The kick at goal failed, and Jack Bancroft, kicking opt from the 25. sent the ball into the hands of Poulton, who ra.n cleverly along the touch-line to pass for- ward, and the Welsh line was again in danger. A free kick was given against England, and Jack Bancroft found touch over the centre line The relief, however, was only tempo- ra.ry. for again the Englishmen rushed to the Welsh line. and Poulton, after receiving from the line-out, sprinted at top epeed, and croes-kicked to the mouth of the goal. Owen saved the situation by falling on the ball, and from the next sc-rum Owen passed out to Jones, and a beautiful round of passing ended in Phil Hopkins being well tackled by iJnhwoit jam 4b6 oentre 4ine.Plav mttcA here for the next few minutes, only a penalty beiug given against Pugsley for offside, and the ball being kicked into touch at the "Welsh quarter flag. A forward rush by the Welsh- men neutralised this, however, and Gronow had hard lines in knocking forward just when he was clear. The Englishmen were playing surprisingly well. but Wales now began to set about their work in earnest, and a fine forward rush, headed by Tom Evans, took the ball to the English line, where it went into touch in goal. From the kick out the AVelsh forwards again shewed their mettle by rushing finely to the English line, a.nd Owen had hard lines in failing to pie kup wnen he had Gibbs wait- ing on the wing. In the very next minute the English forwards dribbled down the ground until Bancroft cut across and, after picking up smartly, kicked into touch. Penalty Goal for England I Play crossed to the mouth of the Welsh goal, and a penalty was given ::¡,ga.inst Wales for an infringement in the line out. The ball wa-s placed in an easy position for Chap- man, who landed a gcal amid another deafen- ing roar of cheering. The Welsh forwards were playing well in the open, but were unable to get the bail in the scrum, and the outlook was a.s black as could be with six points against them after only a quarter of an hour's -play. The English forwards held a big advantage in the line out through being taller men, and II thus being able to gain possession. Tom Evans Over the Line To the great surprise of everybody, how- ever, the Weishmen rallied splendidly, and the forwards dribbled to within five yards of the line, where Tom Evans picked up and jumped over the line. Jack Bancroft failed with the kick at goal. Pram the kick out the Welshmen iigain rallied, and Owen opened out a pretty movement which might easily have ended in Phil Hopkins scoring, but Jack Jor.es, after receiving from Dick Jones made the mistake of passing back to Trew in the centre instead of sending the ball to Phil Hopkins when he had a clear course on the wing. Solomon Scores I A moment afterwards the English forwards again rushed down to the Welsh 25, and Solo- mon, after picking up in the loose, ran strongly, and, giving the dummy to Phil Hopkins, ran over in a favourable position with a splendid try, which Chapman con- verted. The tackling of the English forwards was simply terrific, Trew and Jack Jones being slung to the ground as if they were mere children. Wales had not lost heart, in spite of the reverses, and some capital pass- ing, initiated by Owen, travelled from left to right, and Reggie Gibbs, being the last to receive, made a desperate effort to get through, but was pushed into touch five yards from, the line. Play was carried back to the centre, whore the ball was sent out to nil" kett via Stoop, who put in one of his strong characteristic runs, and got to the WeLsh 25 line before he was pulled up. Gent was well served by his forwards from the next, scrum, and passed out to Solomon, who tried to give the dummy again, but was tackled by Owen. A free kick was given against Wales, but Gibhs took the ball on the verge of the touch-line and punted across to Stoop, who made his mark and kicked into touch on neutral ground. Play became quieter for a period, the pace having been slackened considerably. The Welshmen were striving might and main to get the upper hand. but they had to contend with the soundest defence. They were suffering .under the handicap of being unable to heel the ball cleanly from the scrum. Owen was also ham- pered by the close attention paid him by Gent. The ball was thrown out by Stoop to Solomon, who once again tried the dummy dodge, but only to be tackled by Trew and forced to pass forward. The Englishmen were now having the better of the argument in all ?>ha*es of play, and Jack Jones was frequently a.t fault both in g-jyingand taking o? his passes. When Owen was able to send the ball out on one occa- sion, he missed a lovely chance of putting Reggie Gibbs over, but he gave an impossible pass, and the opportunity was lost. Piilman was a gla.r111g off-eider, and brought a penalty against his side. The ball was placed for Jack Bancroft at long range, and the kick fell short by a good many yards. Wales were now on the aggressive, but never looked really danserous, and within a minute of half-time the Saxons were still leading by the substantial margin of eight points. When the interval arrived th"re was loud cheering as the Englishmen walked out of the enclo- sure mto their dressing-room. Willie Trew called his men together in the middle of the I ground, and discussed the plan of campaign I to be adopted in the second half. Half-time: G, T. Pts. I E:\GLAND 2 1 11 1r ALES 0 1 3 THE SECOND HALF. I -Morton, 'started for England, and jack Ban- croft kicked down to Johnston, who found touch at the centre. The "Welsh iorwards car- ried the srum, and driFoled down to the English 25, where Stoop picked up emartly, and, wriggling his way through a bunch of forwards, finished up with a kick into touch over the centre line. Again carrying the next scrum, the Welsh- men dribbled at a terrific pace into the Eng- lish 25, but Johnston pluckily saved. The Welshmen, however, were not to be denied, and Dicky Owen, showing perfect judgment in kicking- across when he found he could not pick up sent the ba-M into the hands of W. .I,i,e,w, who ran about ten yards, and then gave a perfect pass to Reggie Gibbs, who beat Poulton cheaply when going in full stride, and scored a real Welsh try. The ball was pIacEd for Gibb? by Jack Bancroft, but t.he Kick failed. 'iher? was yet hope for Wal?s, as they only wanted to score a converted try to equalise the scores, and there was no mistake about it that they were -oill- great guns at this juncture. There was plenty of time not only in which to save the game but, to win. Dicky Owen was beaten by Gent, who dribbled the ball away from him from his own side of the scrum, and gained a large slice of ground. Owen played the tame trick on Gent a moment later to no great purpose, and from the next scrum the Welsh forwards were penalised for legs up. The Welsh forwards were now playing a desperate game, but they ought to have shewed the same spirit earlier in the game. After a minute's stoppage pia.y was re- .UTiiod in the English 25, and Gent securing l'OSS£sõ1lon passed ont to Stoo,p, who. broke through nicely, and gave up to Solomon, who kicked up to Jack Bancroft, and the Swan- Re", man, gathering the rolling ball, cleverly found touch with his left foot. Gent was penalised for glaring off-side" p-iay, and Jack Baiicrclt found touch well over the centre. A TRY LOST. Wales had gained a strong attacking posi- tion well inside the English 25, when a glorious opportunity came to Jack Jones to putting either Trew or Gibbs over in a davour- Able position, but to the chagrin of the Welsh supporters he fumbled the bail, and the chance was gone. This one mistake locked like losing Wales the match, for it had not only the etleet of losing a try, but of causing the Welshmen to lose he «. t. Eng- lishmen played with renewed vigour, and momentrushed to the Welsh 25, but they were drive n back in the next moment, and a. fine forward rmsh to the English goal-line fully merited a score, and it was only the good luck of En,gland that Phil Hopkins happened to be out of rosition when the ball was kicked to the lett wing, and when he would have had a clear course had he been there to take it. It was not Hopkins's fault, as he had only done his part in joining ir? the general rush to the English line. A DOG CAUSES DELAY. England now took up the attack, and brought off some passing which would have d me credit to any Welsh team. Solomon irade the mistake of hanging on too long when he had two men on his right wing' in an excelltut position to score. Some delay was caused now through sin Irish terrier getting mixed up with th'i players, and play was resumed on the Welsh quarter line. The lh'gHslimen seeiucd to have found their second breath, and were now going just as strong as they did at the beginning. Phil Iiopkins was conspicuous for <11 fine burst, but Birkett, who was playii> £ bang up to his form, saved the situation by picking up the ball at the feet of the Welsh forwards. The effort- of the Welshmen to save the game were becoming more and more spasmodic as tiEle went oil. There now only remained about eight minutes to play, and Wales were in arrears of live points. Owe; tried hard to get the ball away clear to Jones, but Stoop inter- cepted the pass, and kicked into the open, and Gent, following- up, leiit the ball into touch over the Welsh 25 line. The precious moments were passi-ag away all too rapidly for Wales, and it seemed more certain than ever that an end had come to the long sequenc,e of Welsh victories. EXCISING FINISH. A free kick was given to Wales, and Jack Bancroft, punting high, enabled his forwards to get on the ball, and it was only a pass forward from Jack Jones to Gronow that prevented a certain try, Grdnow having gone under the bar, but only to be called back. It was becoming intensely exciting. The crowd were shouting "Play up, England!" and the uproar was simply deafening. There were now only two minutes to go. Owen made valiant efforts to put his back division in motion, but every time the ball was thrown out something went wrong with tlje worka. Piilman, as I ventured to predict after the trial match, was a big thorn in the Welsh side. His wonderful breaksaway from the eerum upset the Welsh back combination time after time. The Saxons were going great guns in the last minute, and Piilman again came into the picture with a fine dribble to the Welsh 25, aud the ball having gone into touch, the referee sounded the final whiHtie. amid a scene of unparalleled enehu- sia.sm in the whole history of English Rug-by football. People swarmed in their thouaanda around the entramee to the ?rand stand, through which the players had to pass, and cheered frantically, the Prince of Wales joining' heartily in the applause. For some minutes the crowd remaincd on the ground, cheering wildly and throwing up their hats and stocks, and for the first time in twelve years they had reached the seventh heaven of delight, achieving a fine victory over gallant little Wales. Final: G. T. Pts. ETG ],AN D 2 1 11 WALES 0 2 6 Lord Ninian's Message This morniiiig Lord Nimfcin dispatched the following telegram to the captain of the Welsh international team: Best wishes for victory for Gallant Little Wales. XINIA ORICHTON STUART. Seeing the Sights WELSH TEAM'S DRIVE TO THE GROUND Ey FORWARD." At noon t&-<?y tbete was every prospect ? a. tm?Ie awal bo#wem JE??Mtd sa?t Wales being played under most favourable conditions. The weather was mild, and the ground only suffered to the extent of being a littJe slippery on the surface. The Welsh players spent the greater part of the morning in the city, and after an early lunch at the Waldorf Hotel they were driven down to Twiokeniham in the eight- seeing car of the Great Western Railway Company. The twenty miles' journey to Twickenham proved extremely interesting to the Welshmen. It was not known before the match on which wing Poulton would be placed, but the probability ia that he will be played with Solomon on the left, so tha.t Chapman will be with Birkett on the right. All the AVelsh players reported themselves fit, and were confident as ever of success. No changes have been announced in the English team. London costers showed characteristic enterprise by meeting them at the station with their barrows laden with leeke, and theÂ¥e were quickly bought up, and every coster was quickly sold out. Out of compli- ment to the presence of so many Welshmen the fine band of the Royal Fusiliers played a number of popular Welsh airs, including "Men of Harlech," "Ar Ilyd y Nos," "The March of the Men of Glamorgan," "Deryn Pur," and "God Bless the Prince of Wales." This last item was hailed with enthusiastic appla.use. Half an hour from time there were 10,C-10 people on the ground, and others were streaming in in such numbers that there was every promise of a total of 20,000 being reached, and this notwithstanding the powerful counter attractions in th.(3 sur- rounding districts, in the shape of Associa- tion cup-ties. Shortly after two o'clock a small drizzling rain began to fall, and the outlook, which was so brig-ht and promising in the morning, changed into one of depressing gloom. One new feature and an interesting one was the presence of a corps of Boy Scouts, who I had volunteered to a-sist the press mes- sengers in carrying the messages of the email army of journalists from the press sea t*. The Welsh players, accompanied by the officials of the Union, drove from the Waldorf Hotel to Twickenham in one of the Great Western Company's sight-seeing cars, after I devoting most of the morning to eight-seeing. Welshmen Gather Together By some strange instinct, the great majority of the Welshmen found their way to one section of the big stand, and they would not have been true to their traditions and temperament if they had not indulged themselves in song. Strains of "Hen fy Nhadau" and the inevitable "Sospan jfach" were wafted across the ground on the wings of the slight breeze that was blowing. The conditions were highly satisfactory, on the whole, the ground being dry and firm, and all the better for having been protected by straw during the week. The teams were as already announced, without a. single change.

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