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FOOTBALL NOTES. Swansea's Fine Victory Over Gloucester. One-sided Fight on the Kingrshoiir Ground. Cardiff Reviving': Newport's Close Shave. The football in the Principality on Satur- day last was of an interesting character, and both in East and West Wales the games were brimful of excitement. Llaneliy paid a visit to Neath with a re-organised team. and a trial was given to a couple oi youngsters from ilynvadbach behind the scrums in the places of Ben Davies, who is on the injured list, and Dai Morgan, who has seen his best days. The Scarlets met with a stubborn defence, but eventually won by a field goal and a try to nothing. At Cardiff the home team created a surprise by running Newport to a solitary try. which was scored in the last live niin- utes of the game, and it is evident the Blue and Blacks are a better side than previous form suggested. Aberavon went to Maesteg. and managed to snatch a one try victory after a tough forward fight and at. Glo'ster. the Welsh champions, defeated the citizens by three tries to one after a game which was more one-sided than the result would lead one to believe. In past years, when Swansea have been compelled to take on Glo'ster at the end of the season, after the players have received a lot of knocking about, the All Whites have never gone up over-confident of winning. Two years ago they met with a reverse at the Kingsholm ground, and the Citizens have such a reputation for breaking the records of Welsh Clubs, that even last week some people were a bit afraid that there was a surprise in store for the visitors. I must admit that I was not of this opinion, and not for a moment did it enter my head that Swansea were going to lose. Any side that can beat Llaneliy on their own ground by a goal and three tries to nothing, is good enough in my estimation for Glo'ster. and my belief in the ability of Swansea to win was confirmed by the result. It was an ideal afternoon for a football match: no wind or sun. and the turf in good condition. Dan Rees, unfortunately, was a spectator, instead of a player, having received an injury to his leg the previous week at Stradey. and this meant that George Davies had too back to left centre and Cordon to right centre. Swansea played an aggressive game from the very outset", and it was only the deadly tackling of the backs that keut tnem from scoring more than one try in the first half. Round after round of passing was started by Owens and Jones, and the three-quarters would get to the verge of the lin repeatedly without being quite able to do the trick. Eventually, Jones eluded the Glo'ster halves, who were playing an offside spoiling game, and Jowett slipped over in the corner. I he Glo'ster players disputed the try on the grounds that the scorer had touched the corner Hag, but after the referee had ap- pealed to Sammy Rice, he granted the try. A few minutes before the interval. Glo'ster managed to get level, much to everybody's surprise, as they had been acting strictly on the defensive, and had never tried to play an aggressive game. It happened in tTus way. The ball came out on the Swansea side of the scrum, and before Oweu could pick it up. it was kicked away from hm. The Swansea three-quarters anticipated having the ball from the halves, had got out of their places. and .before they could recover, two of the home forwards were seen dribbling down to- wards Bancroft. When they got to the latter one of them kicked the ball to the left over the line. and although^ Parkham was quite live yards in front, he fell 011 the ball and the trv was allowed. Thus at the intèrval hon- ours were easy, but it was apparent to every- body that with a bit of luck there would only be one team in it in the second half. Immediately on resuming, the Abertawe brigade went off with a ballg. and were quickly swarming around the home citadel. Then came a glorious run by Dick Jones. He doubled and dodged from one side of the field to the other, and giving the ball at the right moment to Serine, the latter ran to the line and Jowett crossed. On four occasions in less than ten minutes Swansea again got over the line. but the referee found something wrong every time. and ordered them back or granted a minor. Gordon and Jowett had the hardest of luck, as they went over after fine rounds of passing, and lost the ball each time. At length. Bancroft came to the rescue, and he put in a swerving run past the Glo'ster for- wards. ending up. by scoring as fine a try as was ever seen on a football tield. From now to the end. Glo'ster were beaten to the world. and I) keenest of tackling kept their line from being crossed again. The result strengthens my belief that Swan- sea this season have a better all round team than last year. All the players are good ex- ponents of the game, and their experience is bound to stand them in good stead. GIo ster arc not anything as good as they were, but still on their own ground, it takes a combina- tion above the ordinary to take them down like Swansea did. Tllc score nothing like re- presents the superiority of the W lutes, and even the Glo'ster papers admit that the win- ners deserved to score more. There were two circumstance that had a tendency to keep down the trv getting. The first was the off- sidr plav oi the home half-backs, and the second was the laxity of the referee, who overlooked such trifling things as not putting the ball in straight. With a strict official. Brown and Stephens would have been forced to keep on their proper side of the scrum, and also have been made to place the ball fairly between the legs of the forwards. However. in spite of these difficulties, Swansea always held tile upper hand, and their scientitic piny was always bevoncl the power of the home team to successfully resist. The Glo'ster backs tackled well and nothing more. Romnis being the only maai to show anything ap- proaching first" class form. It was by far the best display the Swansea forwards have given this seaseni. Tiev packed ouickly, and obtained possession of the ball with* great regularity, whilst work in the open was very hue. All of them at different parts of the game distinguished themselves, and Scrine handled the ball like a three-quarter. At half-back, Owen and Jones were in wonderiul form. and it was quite a treat to see them get the leather. The outside man. Jones. was simply irresistible, and the run he made. which led up to the second try. will long be remembered by all who saw it. The threequarters did well and the right wing perhaps more dangerous in attack than the left. Gordon played a e'ever centre game, never failing to double his man before passing. Jowett was fast and dashing, and improves each week. George Oavies made a good substitue for Dan Kees. and 'Ire' made several clinking runs in the second half. The evergreen Bancroft ex- celled himself, his kicking being of good i-ngth. and his try a regular masterpiece. He i< still a line player and granted that lie steers clear of accidents, lie will be good for another season yet. Contrary to expectations. Newport found Cardiff a. hard nut to crack on < their own ground, and in spite of the fact that on paper form the Usksiders looked quite three tries better, they only managed to win by one. which was scored at the last minute of the game. Biggs put in a tlying kick when the Newport forwards were charging down on him. and as a result the visitors scored. Really, although the Usksiders won. the hon- ours of the game went to Cardiff as they h;id a three-quarter line with two "crocks" in Bush injured his ankle. ,!lId W. Jones got hand badly cut. Probably if these men nad been fit. the result. would have been different. Gwyn N'icholls. as usual, was in rare lorni. and Pearson was the shining light on 11 u1 Newport side. The two Cardiff halves. Ky, 1: and Coughlan. did sufficiently well to^ndieau ► thai they ;ire a boUer pair than the Brother* | Norton. As usual, the game beLween Swansea anc ('aidiff at St. Helen's is occasioning an iro. mense amount of interest. It is many yearf since Cardiff won a match at St. Helen's, anc 11 l the visitors are bringing elonn a team thai will be short of Bush and W. Jones. I fai t" make out how they can possibly have winning chance. Of course, surprises do oc- cur now and again, but Swansea's form this season will bear inspection, and the side that •ran walk round Llaneliy and Glo'ster on their own grounds can surely do the same to Cardiff at the Cricket Field. A field goal and a try to nothing. This all the scoring Llaneliy did against- Neath and in the second half. when the All Blacks only had fourteen men. nothing was put on i b" either side. Neath were superior in front and their forwards beat the Scarlet pack at ail points. Behind the scrums, however. Llaneliy held an advantage, and to this must be attributed their success. The Scarlets have three stiff matches before them on Satur- day. Monday and Tuesday. They piav Lei- cester. Northampton, and London Welsii, and i have my doubts whether they will be able to win more than one of these g:uues. as Gabe won t be available after Saturday. lne juniors played at Tynybonau on Sat- urday instead of the St. John's Rangers. Llaneliy, who have disbanded. Owing to the absence of Ja-ck Evans, captain, the back di- Msion of the homesters was again disorganised and two or three substitutes had to be re- quisitioned. In the opening stages, thanks to tho very vigorous tactics of their forwards tne Juniors showed surprisingly good form. Hov. e\ er, the play of the "Pont-y" boys was fa.' more scientitic. and in the end they tri- umphed by one goal one try to nil. Cope scored one of the tries and converted. To- morrow (Saturday) Gorseinon are to be met. according to the fixture card, but 1 under- stand that the Gorseinonites have to fulfil a Swansea League engagement on the same date At the time of writing it is uncertain who will be the opponents of "Ponty" that day.

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