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CARDIFF'S FOURTH WIN.

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CARDIFF'S FOURTH WIN. CLUB'S RECORD INTACT. SWANSEA BACKS BEATEN. GATE OF THE SEASON. Quito the tit-bit" of the season the lonrth and final meeting of &wa and Cardiff at Swansea on Saturday- fcbfeo previous games had resulted IB^ tones for Cardiff by 36 points to 6, should be recorded that 22 of these P by the City men were obtained from droPP :d and penalty goals. Cardiff had only croese the AH Whites' line four times to of which three of the former not verted. The Blue and Blacks their lost a single club match this seaso record being Played, 23 w°n'j' -zo con- and drawn 2. They have sCOrjv an<i 44 verted goals, 8 dropped, 4 penalti ^nt5- tries—341 points, a* against their 3 converted goals, X dropped, 2.P Wels-h and 13 tries—68 points. In thoelI n 11, matches Cardiff have played eoai6> 6 having registered ii tries—I42 dropped, 4 penalties, and 1' *r ^bs points—aa compared with the 0 8 trjes- 1 converted goal, 1 penalty, and. of 110 32 pointe—showing a c -r uT Swan- points. Of the 23 matches P^ay wor) '7, sea this season, the All Whites a QV&rted lost 4, and draw- i, to tailing pena!- goalfs, 3 dropped (one from a mar > ties and 27 tries—136 P°j -f^na]ti.as, and converted goals, 4 drop: ~d, ^JZotice>d that 8 tries—69 points. It will » more than Cardie have recorded 205 P°V^f adverse Swansea, yet the latter bave vbites have points to Cardiff's 68. The with ?5 shown tip well against Lsn drawn. Score piaved, 9 won, 4 lost and t. g pen. f >r: 4 converted x against, 6 alties and 14 tries—76 P? „ penalties a^d converted goals, 4' dropp^'1' ^hs 7 tries—58 points. Company Welsh matches, Cardiff <■ por past, points in excess of ^T'heen played be- 19 seasons, 35 matches aa\ gjacks, tween the All Whites a*1 1<Jgfc 28, and of which Swansea wonnyer'ted goak, 14 drew 7; scoring 3 penalties and dropped, cne from a m Jiff registered 16 40 tries—314 P01^' Dt)€d 2 penalties, and converted goals, 5 being in the 34 tries—212 P°inteTX dear superiorly ascendant V f^J^Saturday's match the for the period. important change in of the Sde, ta being the centre three-quaxter to out- 't hlf lice Phil Hopkins, the latter t»k- S^Trfw1^- Thi> ch^e Sas weu intenti^ned one, as Hopkins nad rsnt o-iven general satisfaction as a partner J™ and resr :ed his old position. The fifteen was hailed as the best the All Whites could place on the field, and it be- coming known that the players purposed rising to the occasion, excitement was keen as to the result. There were hopes that Swansea would make history by achieving what other clubs have failed to do so far this season, namely, inflict the first club defeat upon the Tafisiders. Doubts existed AS to whether David would be able to re- sume partnership with Bush at half-back, m consequence of his recent stre-et accident. Otherwise Cardiff were at full strength. At three-quarter Ralph Thomas took Cecil Biggs p'ioe on the right wing, the ex-Penartfc In..4') not having fulfilled expectations 1 The game was generally commented wpor as a battle between the forwards on fcoth sides. The Line and Blacks were physically bigger than the All WLLJS front rank but it was u-leged that the visitors' e-ic-ivi, contained a couple cf "fancy" for- Vi ard". Serine nn2-2 his reappearance In the .A" Whites' front rank, the Swansea forward not having played since the last ma" err against Cardiff a month ago. cnuJd. Swansea hold the visitors in front, and check the Cardiff back machinery getting into motion looal enthusiasts had hopes, as :t was" a foregone conclusion that Swansea would be outclassed at three-quarter aad full back. if the All Whites failed in front, -t was Cardiff's game. The referee Mr. Ben Lewis, who has a standing arrangement +.0 officiate in Swansea v. Cardiff matches, he'd the whistle for the ninth consecutive time. Teams: — S'V ANSEA. — Back, Jack Bancroft; three-quarters, Frank Gordon, W. Arnold, Joe Evans and Phii Hopkins; half-brcks, R. o- .a and W. J. Trow; forwards, W. Joseph, Harry Htmt, A. Smith, D. Thomas, Ivor Morgan, W. Cole, F. Serine, and Geo. HavT?ard. CAu^IFF.—Back, H. B. Winfield; three- quarters, J. L. Williams, R. T. Gabe, C. F. Bi s and R. C. Thomas; half-backs, P. F. Buch and R. Da-rid; forwards, George Ncrthmore, .v. Neill, J. Powell, J. Brown D. Westacott, F. Smith, E. Rumbelow, ciid Brice. Referee—Mr. Ben Lewis (Pontypridd). CARDIFF TEA-M N011 HOPEFUL. The Cardiff XV. arrived in Swansea. at five to three, 24 minutes after scheduled time, by the ordinary train. In conversation with the players, our representative elicited that they were not sanguine of victory. They knew that to beat Swansea at Swansea they would have to play for all they were worth. The opinion was to t,he effect that the team that scored first would win the match, and they hoped that side would be Cardiff. David at the last moment was prevailed upon to play. He had put in no practice for the past couple of weeks, but inasmuch as Gibbs was on the injirred list, and no confidence was placed on Randell Da vies, of the Re- serves, the Cardiff Committee were bound to call upon Da"id. It was at half that Cardiff expected trouble, and as Brice was unable to get himself thoroughly fit, HIe ex, pressions of the Cardiff team adequately em- phasised the fact that they realized danger to their record. They were met at the sta- tion by a large cumber of people. Prior to the arrival ot the Cardiff team hail fell, and the weather at one time looked threatening, but fortunately it cleared off, and with the exception cf a strong easterly wind, the con- ditions for a good game were excellent. High-street Railway Station was busy. Shortly after three an excursion of fourteen br fifteen carnages disgorged a load that Was estimated at about 1,000. The 1..3.5 ordinary down train had also been packed. t6 was the 2.40 from Carmarthen, and the Port Talbot market special, which teached Swansea at 2.25. Altogether it is probable that not less than 3.500 reached High-street station in the early afternoon. LARGEST GATE OF THE SEASON. Easily the largest gate of the season as- jembled at St. Helen's to tyitness the match. Half-an-hour before the kick-off there must have been 10,000 people on the ground, while there was a constant flow through the gates. The tramways company ran a speciai tervice which was eagerly patronised, tra.m- ioads being brought own the field at short Vntervals. Never t,_1' Jre this season was there such a magnificent attendance at St. Helen's—almost reaching international pro. Dortiona. At 3.15 about 15,000 had gath ared, the stand being filled to its utmost i-apocity. while the Recreation Ground end "f the field and that bordering on Bryn- foad were densely crowded. Several mem bei of the Welsh Union were present, in- duding Mr. Walter E. Ree: (secretary), who travelled down with the Cardiff team Sir John Llewelyn was in his accustomed leat. At 3.40. ten minutes after the adver Used time for the kick-off, the attendance te*kched clcse on 20,000, the greatest ex- eiterrr-' prevailing. A few minutes later the Cardiff team drove up to the Gorse-lane entrance and made f^" the pavilion—an ex- ception occurrence, as generally the dress- ing-rooms under the grand stand are used by visitors. This privilege, however, may be on account of the recent question which pre' aled at Cardiff the other day when the All Whites were offered no accommodation tor placing of their coats, sweaters, and so The wind was bitterfy cold and just be- fore the start slight rain fell, which added to the discomfort of the crowd. At 12 min- utes to four Cardiff emerged from the pa- vilion and were accorded a ripping recep- tion, a similar one being given the All Whites. Dick Jones was seen running across the ground with a slight limp and was greeted with enthusiasm. Pugsley stood down from the nine selected Cardiff forwards. KICK-OFF. SWANSEA LOSE THE TOSS. Swansea lcet the toss, and Joseph kicked up to J. L. Williams who replied to toucn aT! his twenty-five, the ball gover over the stand. Swansea secured from the farst scrum and Trew, .instead of making off, kicked back into touch with little ^ro^in gained. Three scrummages were formed, from the last of which David secured and runni"1, quickly handed t Bush. The lat- ter misfielded and e ball getting loose exchange kicking ensued between Bancroft, Winfield, Gordon and Bush, the advantage resting with Cardiff, who, assisted by the wind,"sent the ball over Swansea's lme for Arnold to touch down, although there was plenty of room for him to come out. How- ever, it was a safe course to adopt under the circumstances. Soon afterwards, Ar- nold marked and sent to the centre where Serine got away cleverly, evading two or iree Cardiff backs cleanly. He passed out but the ball went astray and the centre was reached. David was next conspicuous with a neat kick to touch after which be secured and sent on to Bush, and CardiS-s outside half set his backs in motion. First Gabe, Biggs and Ralph Thomas receiving, Car. diff's right wing went down the field at a rare pace, and, when confronted by Bancrott passed back in the open field. This was not accepted, and Swansea saved within ten yards of their line. Bit by bit the All Whites relieved beyond their twenty-five, Hunt being conspicuous. A long pass-out by David to Gabe was fumbled and Swan- sea- gained a further ten yards. From a scrummage, Owon handed to Trew. The latter attempted to punt, which J. L. WiJ- 1 liams charged down. It looked dangerous for Swansea, but in his efforts to gather Williams knocked on at the All Whites' twenty-five. Dtick Owen here got away aim 1, and putting in a clever kick up the field, which was well followed up by Joseph, Winfield was pressed. Cardiff's full back, howsv^ put in a nice screw-kick, which found touch again at the centre. Another kick up the field by a Swansea back was marked, and Winfield, with a huge kick, and t.he wind behind him, was stated '0 have placed the ball into touch at Swan- sea's twenty-five by the Cardiff umpire, Mr. J. Davies, a committeeman, a decision which was not relished by the crowd. 4. moment later the Cardiff backs were in mo- tion, and Ralph Thomas GOT CLOSE TO SWANSEA'S LINE. A short kick by Owen was smartly marked by J. L. Williams abor'; 15 yards from Swansea's line. The bal was placed for Winfield, and it looked as if Cardiff -were to be awarded the goal, but the Cardiff back's kick went wide and Swansea touched down, much to the relief of the huge con- course. Gordon touched down again a moment later fro ma long kick. Some ex- citing play followed on one occasion the Cardiff backs indulging in passing, which failed at Ralph Thomas, and the game onoe again was stubbornly contested at the centre. Trew made off but ooulid not get dear, and the forwards were called upon to save. A small punt by Biggs was wo}ll bii^cCt by Ralph T..omas, who prevented Arnold getting in his reply. Once Phil Hopkins got going, but after travelling a short distance gave an awkward pass to Joe Evans, which went into touch a.t Swan- sea's twenty-five. Trew put in a high punt which the wind affected. J. L. Wit- hams claimed a mark, but the referee or- dered a scrum, -I-UE BSXK &O.ond Gordon was seen scampering away on his own. Hs got clean up to Winfidd about 20 yards from the visitors' line and then put in a short punt. Phil Hopkins came tearing along for all he was worth. Unfortunately, he knocked on, although he went over the line —v:ry hard hick for Swansea. The All Whites were now in a grand attacking position, but the ball coming out on Car- diff's side, Bush relieved with a well-judged kick to half-way. He was well to the front aoon afterwaixls with another t;ood kick close to Swansea's line. The next scrum ai*d Cardiff were over. The ball came out clean to David, and he whipped it out' to Bush in a twinkle. The ball passed through tte hands of Gabe, Lggr and Ralph Thomas for the latter TO CROSS OVER IN THE BRYN-ROAD CORNER after 30 minutes' play. Winfield toqjJ the kick, and although the angle was difficult his shot touched the far goal-posts and re- bounded into the field of play. With a teki of 3 points, Cardiff tried hard to force meters, but the All "hItes played up man- fully. A long kick by Gabe was promptly gathered by Bancroft, who ran by Ralpn Thomas, and put in his punt ten yards over the half-way. Cardiff's passing went astray, and Phil Hopkins, nipping in, in tercepted and got away. By the hardest of luck Joe Williams failed to accept his pass when his course was practically clear. Had he gathered has speed was bound lo have taken him over, as Winfield was well out of the way. Nothing daunted the All Whites kept pegging away on Cardiff's twenty-five. Owen tried to bring off one pass which almost proved fatal, as J. L. Williams got hold of the ball, and with almost a dear course, readied Bancroft well down the field. He tried an inside pass which Gordon successfully cleared. Ban- croft, in his attempt to lay Williams low, was hurt, but speedily resumed. From the scrummage, Bush tried to drop a goal. The direction was accurate, but it lacked pown, and Bancroft marked under iiis posts. A scrum was formed and Trew brought much needed relief by a long punt towards half-way, followed by another well over the mark. Half-time was then called with Cardiff leading by three points to nu'. with Cardiff leading by three points to nÙ Half-time Score: Cardiff—1 try. Swansea—N il- PLAY IN THE SECOND HALF.. Svansea had no reason to be disatiefied wil-h their play in the first half. Northmore restarted for Cardiff, and Serine loiocking on a scrum was formed at Swansea's 25. Bush secured and made a^ shot for goal, which went very wide, and Swansea touched down. Bancroft put in a. fine drop-out kick, which flustered Winfield considerably. He was promptly surrounded in attempting to recover, but knocked on. Owen got away on the blind side, and put in a short punt- towards Cardiff's line. By loose footwork Cardiff got out of difficulties, when the re- feree pulled up both sides with a caution. Owen set Trew going, the latter patting in a fine cross-punt. Gordon was all over Gabe before he could move in his 25. A ^<3fs TALK FROM THE REFEREE was greeted with hooting. Swajisea set off about their work in no uncertain manner. TTOW fed his backs, and Arnold coming round made a cross run and punt, which gained a large slice of ground. Another op- portunity came Swansea's T~ay, but on this occasion Arnold fumbled. Tha ball was eventually kicked over the line, and Win- field touched down. From the drop-om Hopkins marked at the centre. He took a drop at goal from this great distance, and did creditably. The ball went sailing to- wards Cardiff's posts, but veered a little outside, and Winfield again touched down. Cardiff got to midfield, where Ralph loomas received. He put in a kick, which Ban- croft fielded, and saved admirably. It was thought he had gained some ground by his kick into touch, but Cardiff's umpire's de- cision was against him, the crowd venting their displeasure by continued outbursts of dissatisfaction. Cardiff remained at tbe All Whites' 25 for two or three minutes, Owen having difficulty in putting the ball in the scrum. At last this was done, and Trew receiving, punted down to midfield. The Taffsider replied oooUy to touch. Bush got away, but hung on to the oval too long. He sent out his pass too late, and Gordon., bursting through, dribbled right away to Winfield and upset the latter. He, how- ever, handled on to Williams, who returned to the centre. Dick Owen. marked smartly, and Bancroft taking the kick, sect t-la ball to Cecil Biggs. The Cardiff centre doubled I prettily, and wound up his effort by finding touch in Cardiff's quarters. Then ensued A FINE RUN BY GABE. He went off grandly, and when pressed handed to Gibbs, and he to ilaipn Thomas. The right winger was within an ace of being over before Bancroft pushed him into touch. Some fumbling work by both sides saw David put the ball over the crces-bar, but the previous infringement robbed Cardiff of the points. Brice and Joseph got locked in each other's arms, but nothing came of the struggle. Cardiff continued to press. Trew was weak in picking up, and Joe Evans had to save right on his line. By a smart flying kick, Bancroft relieved the pressure. Trew made amends for his previous miss by a long put down the field. Ralph luomas was hustled by Arnold, and a knock on caused play to be fought at the centre. Serine was laid out for a second or two, and on resuming attempted* to take up a posi- tion as a rover. Gordon promptly ob- served this movement and ordered him back into the pack, a prt cedure which the crowd appreciated. Swansea were now doing a little better, and Arnold came to the front v/ith a low kick which touched one of his opponents in transit, and the ball rolling INTO TOUCH CLOSE ON THE CARDIFF LINE, caused the visitors to act strictly on the de- fensive. ihey burst through, but Gordon came again to the rescue and repelled them. Hajd scrumming on the Cardiff line ensued for two or three minutes, in which Ralph Thomas was temporarily hurt. Swansea's chance to cress the line failed by Trew tak- ing a shot for goal which didn't come off. The position was a good one, but the ball went wide, and only a minor was recorded. The sun affected Bancroft's accurately field- ing a kick from a mark by Winfield, and the Blue and Blacks were in Swansea terri- tory. Swansea tried passing, but it was very weak, and no ground was gained- Trew put in another kick to the centre. With but four minutes to go, the match looked lost and wen. Swansea were award- ,1 the first free kick of the match, which Bancroft pun-ted high. Nothing, however, L arne oi it,^ and play remained at the centre ■intil tiie final whistle blew. FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF—1 try. SWANSEA—Nil.

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