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LESSON OF |  t DEFEAT. I I Watsomans* Feat. SWANSEA TEAM RE- ARRANGED. (By II PENDRAGON.") Watsonians, 11 points; Swansea, nil. Swansea, 10 points; Neath 3 points. Football history was made at Swansea on, Christmas Day, but it was not at all palatable. The Watsonians have been] coming here every December for some- thing like 20 years, and they are probably the most popular of all the touring side-so The fact that up to this week they had j never beaten the AU Whites did not. pre- j vent them from building up a reputation for fast, open football. As a rule the, brought with them half a dozen or more Scottish Internationals. This time most of them were strangers to us, a notable exception being, of cour.->\ that great' centre, A. W. Angus. It was a wet after-! noon. but they garo Swansea a lesson in j the art of handling. Their barks slung tha ball about with astonishing skill, and nothing finer than the Second try bad  bn e&en on the St. Helens ground f?r t years. T'ueir play all round was vastly j better than that of the All Whites, whose threequatters got out of position and I mulled in a way which must have made men like W. J. Trew and 'G,iin y I Gordon, who looked on, feel utterly disgusted. The ) Scotsmen were full value for their eleven I points' win. Indeed, they deserved more! The All Whites rested several of their forwards, as well as Joe Roes and Ben I Beynon, who appeared to Lv -Iijite cut of I' his element, played first at rfund-oa half and afterwards in the centre. LESSON BEARS FRUIT. I It was-a disagreeable lesson, and some of the things said by the spectators after II it was all over were the reverse of com- plimentary. It was not so much the defeat which stung-it was the realisa- 1, tion that Swansea had not made prtrper use of the material at I their disposal. The Wateonians beat us lore and aft, but in combination they made the All Whites look quito foolish. As was only to be expected, there were wholesale changes for the Boxing Day game with Neath. Three of the three- quarters who played against the Wat- sonians were; given the go-by, and room wis foitid fof "Lenahan, L. Buck land, and Oswald Jenkins. Grey went to the wing, I iwHch, I fancy, is his proper place. It "was a much improved team, all round, end in spite of the disagreeable conditions some splendid passing was done, There I wns one particularly good bout in the 'Brat .quarter of an hour,,Mo? Bees, Bey- Pon, OswaM Jenkins. Buckland and Lena has all handling. The last-named made a valiattt burst, and it was not his fault that Dr. Gwyn Thomas was able to brinrj him down. Kothing had been scored' when the interval came. THE TRY-GETTERS. The tries obtained were not spectacular, I but thoy were at any rate well deserved. i Ben Beynon. always a dangerous man I close to the line, literally hurled himself over for the first score, five minutes after the second half started. Grey's try was very similar, and both come before Mi!- lett reaped the reward of quick ;following- up and crossed for Neath. With the weather so bad it was not at all surpris- ing to find Neath beat upon making it- a forward game. They did not belie their reputation for determination :i tpe rushes, but as it happened the, Syansea eight played above their 'form. N-eatb. had a couple of first-rate leader? in Will Perry and W. Hopkins, and J. Jones was anotheT hard, rcso?to worker. T?? An Blacks vo?Id have beaten the 1 eMo S?!ded by Swansea the pr?viotM day, w'hih is another way of sa-i.n that the f changes made were as effective as they I were meow,%rv. were neoeewaiy. A FINE FULL-BACK. I Nobody who follows WelslnRugby needs tti be told that Dr. Gwyn Thomas, of Neath, is in the first flight as a full-bc. ck. Not 60 good. perhaps, in all-round work asJoe Rees, he nevertheless kicked a won- derful length, and those hefty punts to touch, of his paved his forwards a lot of "fII'o'Ã''k, The Neath halves, Thomas and SMin. vr" in the thick of it all the whHc, but they were not gir?n Dmen'l ChAnee Of opening out thD play, beM?sc of th,e policy of thiT forwards of k??p- ing the ball close." Swansea were thp ibetter heelers. Among those who most often came into prominence were A. E. j Jenkins, R. Htixtable (our most improved forward), and Tom Morgan. There was never nrcch wrong with the Neath de- fence. Millet about the he-t of their three-quarters, but. as I; have shown, Neath did not attempt much in com- j bination. THE RE.ARRANGEMENT. Swansea1* best three-quarter was Evan (; Oswald Jenkins, sare for his dis-I position to fly-kick, did everything vrhich went his way well. He was especially Useful with hia goal-kicking. Buckland and Lenahan should be retained. The, I latter played to well as to malce one vel at his exclusion from previous games. Joe Rees fielded the slippery ball well, and used the touch-line with discretion. The new inside half, Mog Eees, of Amman United, gave Beynon the ball more cleanly than he had previously received it this season. He is quick and enterprising. Beyn?n was in one of his best humours. By the way, I have been wondering whether he does not stand too far awav from the scrum worker. It would not! doubt give his partner greater cpnfideuce if Ben kept in closer touch with him. THE TEAMS. Swansea.âJoe Roos; Evan Grey, O. Jen-I kins, L. Buckland, and D. Lenahan; Mog Eees and Ben Beynon; Tom Williams, A. E. Jenkins, E. Huxtable, Tom Morgan, Alf. J<&n, Marsden Jones, Syd Parker, and A. Evans. -Ne-ath.-Dr. Gwyn Thomas; Millett, Vernon Hill, £ Evans, W. Richards; E. Thomas and M?in: W. Hopkin, W. J. Terry, J. Jones, A. Hopkins, J. Jo?n, J. Thomas, G. Davies, G. Williams. I Referee.-Capt. Burge. Pennrth.







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