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SWANSEA. V. NEWPORT. VERY HARD GAME i T ST. HELENS. USKSIDERS LUCKY TO WIN. BANCROFRS KICKING LOSES THE GAME. VISITORS STILL AN UNBEATEN SIDE. I ¡ RESULTS OF PAST MATCHES. Nov. 5, 1904.—Swansea, 2 goals ^lOpts.), Newport, nil. Doc. 10, 1904.—Swasaa, o tries (ypts.), Newport, 1 try (opts.j.. /A x. Jan.. 25, 1906.—Swansea, 2 tries (opts.), c w lnr?i.. i March 4, 1905.—Swansea, 1 cropped goat, 1 penalty t 7p-ts.); ewport, nil. Nov. 4, 1905.—Swansea, 1 penalty goai (opts.) Newport, nil. Dec. 9, 1906.-3wport, 2 tries (opts.), Swansea, ni. Jan. 27, 1906.-Swinsea, 1 dropped goal (4pts.); Newport, 1 try (3pt*.). March 3, 1906.—Swansea, 1 try ^>pts.), Newport, 1 try Copts.).. Nov. 3, 19Cd.—Swansea, 2 tries (.opts.j; j Newport, nil. Dec. 8, 1906-Wpolt, nil; bwaasea, j nil Feb. 9, 1907.-Swansea, 2 goals, 1 try (13pts.); N«\vrori, 1 try (3pts.). Nov.' 2, 1907.—Swansea, 2 goals, 1 try (12pts.); Newport, nil. Dec. 7, 1907.-6wansea, nil; Newport, I nil. Feb. 8, 1908.—Swansea, 1 S0^ 1 tr7 (6pts.) jN'ewport, nil. Feb 29 1C06.—Swansea, 1 converted goal, I' 1 dropped goal (9pte.); Newport, 1 penalty goal (3pts.). „ ,c Oct, 31, 1908.—Swansea, 1 goal (5pts.), Newport, nil. t Dec. 5, 1908.—Newport, 1 goal (4pts.); I Swansea, ml. Jan. 23, 1909.—Swansea, 2 tries (6pis.); Newport, 1 try (3pts.). Newport, 1 try (3pts.). Feb. 27, 1909. —Swansea. 1 dropped goal, I 1 trv [7pus.); Newport, nil. Oct. 30, 1909. —Swansea, 1 try (3pts.); Newport, 1 try (opts.). I The question which all Swansea sup- porters have been asking tuemsexves Uiis week is "Will the Swansea, men beat New- port?" There was much speculation as to the rtsult, which would have a far reaching effect upon the records of both teams. Un- doubtedly this was the most interesting and important Rugby contest in the Princi- pality, and enthusiasts from all parts awaited th9 resiAlt with eagornesifc. It was a great pity that neither of the sides could held their best fifteens, for both tezilnis were without two of their best forwards. The Whites had to field minus D. J. Thomas and George liay ward, two of the Internationals, and the Usksiders had Dr. Smythe and Vzzel away. Newport, at though they have been exceedingly lucky, have escaped defeat. They appear to be a team of moods, and do not always show the form expected from an unbea-en side. Some of the Newport games have been won by narrow margins, but other of their successes have been brilliant achieve- ments. In Devonshire, for instance, tr play stamped them as being a really great side, but a week later they only just man- aged to win against Penarth by three points. The Usksiders at their best are a warm lot, and at their worst they are a very moderate side, who have a proverbial amount of luck which pulls them through. At Newport there did not appear to be too much confidence in the tbil of the Usksiders to win to-day, but their sup- porters were, of course, hoping they would rise to the occasion. U ml ike the Usksiders, Swansea have had a good rest lately, and have only played one game during the past three weeks. They showed their best form of the season during the holiday mat-ohes, wh,c-i some very creditable wins were se- cured, and play rose to a high level. The hosnestera should benefit materially from their rest. The Whites were hoping tha.t they would be favoured with a dry day, r for'they always show their best form with > a dry ball and on a dry tuxi. Their hope3 seemed to be doomed to disappointment, for on Friday rain and snow fell at Swan-1 sea., and it seemed likely that tne field would be on the soft side. In the first of the two games decided this season, it will; be remembered that the Whites were lead- ) ing until practicably the end of the game, when Baker scored a sensational try and drew the points level. In the return con- test at Newport, Swansea took up a very depleted side, being without Jack Bancroft, W. J. Trew, Ivor Morgan and Geo. Hay- ward. The field, it will be remembered, was very greasy, and Swansea wsro placed at a very great disadvantage. Burt kicked a penalty goal and one of the forwards scored from a melee, Swansea being de- feated by six points. The Whites had high hopes that they would be able to avenge the last defeat, maintain their own ground record, and succeed whi>re other teams have failed. Local enthusiasts wished them suc- cess in their high ambition. The teams ■w«ere: — SWANSEA.—Back, -7. Bancroft; three- quarters. P. Hopkins, H. Toft, W. J. Trew and H. Evane; half-backs. R. Williams and P. Jones; forwards, 1. Morgan, E. Mor- gan. T. Morgan, I. William?, D. Griffiths, D. Davies, B. Davies and H. Gcff. NEWPORT.—Back, S. H. Williame; three-quarters, A. M. Baker. J. P. Jones, F. Birt and R. S. Plummer; half-bocks, T. H. Vile and W. J. Martin: forwards, C. M. Pritchard, E. Thomas, H. Jarman, I, E. Jenkins, P. Waller, P. Coldrick, J. E. C. Partridge and Reg. Edwards. Referee. Mr. Ben Lewis (Pontypridd). There was a further change in the Swan- sea team announced on Saturday morning, Dicky Owen finding it impossible to turn out owing to his injured shoulder, and Dick WiMiarns of the Seconds deputised the International at inside half. Williams bv the reputation of being a particularly smart man and has done capitally for the Seconds, no it was confidently anticipated that he v"ijd hit it off well with Dick Jones, and put his ouportunities to the best advantage. This made the third change from the selected Swansea team. Z, The roller was still beins: used on the ground at 2.30, but the turf was a bit frosty in places. and there was then rome doubt as to whether the game should be played. The players and some- of the officials in- spected the ground and decided at 2.40 to play. In front of the stand a band of men -were engaged clearing away the straw. Ike I Williams stood down from the Whites' side at the last, minute, and his place was taken by H. Williams, of the Seconds. In addi- tion to Dr. Smythe and lizzie, Pritohard and Beddoes Thomas stood down from the Newport side, and Evatt and A. Jenkins played instead of the two latter. The weather was ideal for a. nice open game, the ¡ sun shining brilliantly, bnt in places the turf was a bit sticky. Five minutes before tho start the attendance was the poorest of the season, many people probably being kept away owing to the fact that the game was by no means certain to be played. Bnt the crowd was pouring in thickly at 3 o'clock. Newport fielded twelve minutes late, headed by Vile, and the Whites followed im- mediateiy afterwards. There was then a delay as all the straw had not been cleared away. There were about 9,000 spectators present at 3.15. Newport played with the son at their backs, and the wind blew across the ground, and was not in favour of eitber side. It was 3.30 when Edgar Morgan kicked off and sent the ball over the lim. Bert fielded, sending into touch well into his own quarters. Dick Jofces made a short dash from the first scrum, and the Whites had the better of the opening play. But the homesters were penalised, and Bert took tht3 kick, which was fielded bv Ban- croft, who replied well. The Whites went away with a strong rush, and Stanley Wil- liams was tackled in possession by Ivor Morgan over the line, and a minor was con- ceded. Swansea backs got going splendidly, and Dick Jones sent out wide to Trew, who panted, and Baker only just managed to save. Swansea were pressing severely in the far corner. The- Newport forwards re- taiiated with a good rwh, but they were penalised, and the ball was placed for Ban- croft, who put m a lovely kick, which just fed under the bar. Then Newport again got on the aggressive, but Havdn Evans fielded cleverly and &ent ituo touch. The Swansea forwards then got going once more and covered halt the length of the field with the baJl at their feet, but were pulled up by Stanley Williams, who was injured in the effort. Ihe play was suspended for a while, and Dr. Reid was called upon, an Williams was led off with apparently a damaged shoulder. Burt wont to piaj as custodian, and Coki- rick came to the centre. A minute after ihe restart the Whites got away, and Toft ran strongly, but was pushed into touch. Bea-r the line. Play werr right across to tie other end of the field, and Phil Hcp- pun tea down to Burt, who marked, and ,«ent back to touch near the Swansea twenty-five. Still prereir.g. the White- went away with a great rush, and it seemed a.s it they would &x>re, but t-hev just miea-d .1<&r objective, and the ball was sent up 1;.0 Haydn Evaos, fielded, with Baker on ton 0.\ him. and screw-kicked into touch. Sta-nley Williams now returned, but there wuB another stoppage owing to an injury to another or the players. Stanley Williams called upon to defend on the restart, ami was equal to the occafaom. By good —ukicg the I sksideiK gamed ground along tje toucn-iine, but a loc*>e rush by the Swansea forwards regained the lost ground. Newport then put in a rush, in whioh J. P. Jones was prominent, but. when they tried paeeuig irxnn the next scrum Ih'-ck Jones tackled Martin before he could move, Hot forward work in the from, divieior. i followed, and Toft tackiied Plumi ner in pnsssaesion. Bancroft put in a good kick. Newport were penali.^ed for off-side work, and Bancroft put his siae in an attacking position in the Newport twenty-five. Witii his reply Dick Williams fed Jones from the x rum, but the latter oouid not get aawy. j Martin then broke away magnificently, and ail the Nevpo;-t backs h-andliag, Baker, the last to take the ball, I RA ACROSS IN THE CORElt witti an unconverted try. It wae a very pre'-ty effort by the UetUtiders. Swansea tried parsing, but J. P..Joiies tackled Mop- kin.; beiore iie had tho ball, iir.d the move- j ine rt, broke down. Mid-iie'.d play followed and Newport were again pc-nahsed, Ban- crt.i't aeawting the leather well down the Tiro Swansea backs got going, ana Dick Jones punted ovar the heads of the Newport men, whioh pert iiaker in difficui- I tiM. Thj latter had tiy-ki-ck to fsvvo. Newport forwards wme away aj bunrh with the ball at their toes, hut Trew at home, and saved grandly. Ivor Morgaji now came out as extra. beck. and m'obed of the ie-tther from the next scram. Although the Whites were doing m'nst of J the pressing there was not as much finish J behind their work ns iisral. Bancroift's kicking was a feature and saved his for- winds tremendously. A magnificent loose; dribble by the Whites' forwards carricd piny right down under the visitor. I posts, and after Swansea had mis.c(>d one J. P. Jones had, to over his line to save. Trew picked up in the loose and tricrl to div-p a goal, but it was eo:\rged down, ami then Brrxroft l;11d a penalty in of the pcsU, bnt he Bussed, the kirk going wide. Oncc more th-" Whites got down to the Newport uvonty-five. but wpro j penalised for Over-eagern-^ss- Ivor Moi-gar fielded in the loose and sent out to his ) backs, Jrat Havdn ICvans wr^ not fast eriv-ngh to get }>R.k<r. Another dapb by the Newport men. but they were np liy Trew. ] HALF-TIME SCORE: NEWPORT—1 try. SWAN SEA—Nil. There wns not mi-eh in the game Uf) till half-time, and when the rrc^sed over it was retired t.Lat the least bit of hick would place the issue l>eyoftd doubt. The attendance w&s new estimated at about lb.000. Partridge started, and Goff marked, but the referee disallowed it for s')me rson, and tho opening piay was at the centre, when Sw?.npe.i unsuccessfully tried to open the game. The only went straight' aows the field into ton.;Vi>. The Whites now had tbe benefit cf a slight wnd. but play vras in Swansea territory when exchange kkking place between the backs, play settling at hó,1f way. Swansea were missing "Oven at half. althoujls Williams was doing fairly well. The Whitfs came away with a pkdter and carric-d play to the Newport iina, where Vile was jtenalised But once again Ban- crof's kick went wide, although j it was a olos^ .have for goal. I Waller was doing well for Newport, and I than Bakor reoeived from a scrum but was pushed into touch. Once again the .Whites' j forwards got goi'ig, but they lacked vigour, and then Stanley Williaem funded amid I diflieaities and saved. The game was be- ¡ coming more exciting owing to the number of penalties awarded against Newport, &n,oft and Stanley Williams had a kick- iap duel and the Swansea man found touch. < Baker rushed down the fieM and tackled | Horvkins when he o^'s.de but the re- j feree spofieil him and ptomptjv penalised him. The tussel was now almost entirely confined to the fonrarrJs. the haclcs being unable to get going owing to keen tackling. Dick Jones dribbled througn, but. kicked too hard, and Stanley Williams, who was playing a great game, saved again, and put n a tr^uiead" us kick. Newport were, now pressing severely in the Swansea quarters. Martin almost got through and Bert further improved the position by a £ CKxi tick. Several warm scrums were I fought out close to the Whites' line, where ) there wa another stoppage through an injury to Vile, who le-sumed. A round of passing by the Whites forwards improved ;1 matters and took play back to neutral terri- tory, where Newport passed, Ivor Morgan spoiling it. Swansea made a game effort to get through, but the understanding be- i tween Dick Jones and Dick Wildiarae was ) not cf the best possible. Consequently r.the ) chance went astray, and Swansea could not I develop their attack. The grime now be- came very hot, and the refaree had to cantion the forwards. Newport were again penal- ised for off-side play, but Bancroft, for the fourth time failed to kick a goal, the ball falling hort. Burt, running over his own line, touched down, and the referee ordered I a scntm outside, and Phil Hopkins was I shaken up by some of the Amber and Black forwards. Dick Williams war- robbed of the ball wheti it oa.me out on his own side. ) and one of the visitors dribbled away, I ing about 30 yards. Plummer .<«ve.i Swansea rush neaiiy, and then Dick .J\,ne.> kicked in to the open and Baker made a mark. but Williams s-ent into touch. There was a scrum in the Swansea twenty-five, and Martin sent out wide. All the New- port backs handled, hot Plummer could not get past Toft, who effected a fine tackle and saved a try. The Whites made a fine rally and cam? away with the best rush of tbt: I match. They clean beat all the opposition, but the superior of the Amber I and Blacks saved the situation. Swansea were now playing desperately, and I twice they tried passing, and on one occa- sion Toft held on too long, and was tackled. Stanley Williams and Bart afterwards nipped in and upset the calculations of the Swansea men.Dick Williams received right under the posts a.nd tried to drop a goal, but missed, and a second later Havdn Evans failed to gather when be had a pos .sib'e chance to score. Swansea attempted | to off with a e, but the Usksiders > were very fortunate to save. The Whites were doing too much kicking. through whioh they lost ground. Newport worked back to the centre, and then Trew broke through finely, and beating J. P. Jones, sent ont to Toft, who looked all over a scorer when he wat" tackled about fifteen varde out and thrown into touch. Tbe whistle then went. "FINAL SCOPX: NEWPORT—1-try. SWANSEA—Nil. NOTES ON THE GAME. Swansea made a game attempt to de- throne the pride of the East from their lofty pedestal, and that they did not suooeed was a further demonstration of the heap of luck which has followed the Newport men this season. It wa-s one of the toughest and meet spirited games witnessed this season, and the slightest bit of luck on the Swansea side would have meant all the difference be- tween defeat and victory. The game was a very strenuous forward encounter from start to finish, and there was little differ- ence between the play oi the relative sides, 1 here was nothing superlatively clever about the play of the visitors, and their try was the only redeeming feature of the contest. 1 he tussle bet-ween t.he packs was a very stubborn one, and it was not until the last quarter of au hour that the Whites showed their true form, but the connecting link between the front rank and backs was missing, and well as Dick Williams play ad, he is, of course, not in the same street M: Dicky Owen, and could hardly be expected to hit it off with Dick Jones as we'll as the Internationa! does. This proved to be tha case in actual play, and there war; a com- plete lack of understanding between Jones I and himself. Consequently the backs were almost unemployed in attack, and whatever they attempted did not come off. The Usk- siders. too, were adepts at the off-side pi ay, I and the forwards soon found the Whites' weakness and played on Williams, with the result that the little man, although he tried I o gamely to open out play, was unsuecast t'ul. Bancroft, too, had an off day as far as his place-kicking was concerned, and he missed no few than four easy changes of I kicking penalty goals. Under ordinary con- ditions he would have converted them all, lor they were by no means from difficult angles. It was towards the end oi the tussie that the Whites did best, and had some rosy chances to .-x-or;\ That they did not x> so was due to wrong tactics oil the part of the backs, wi, continually kicked oown to Stanley Williams, who was as safe a* a house, never failed to field the bail, and replied with huge kicking. The Swan- sea men should have realised that it wae bad policy to give him too much work to do, for he was the shining light of the New- port team. They should have tried more passing, for it is little use trying to store hy kicking and trusting to luck. The only time Newport were really dangerous was when they scored, and their try was unex- pected. it came after nice passing from a movement which was initiated from over the halfway line. Swansea- did surprisingly well taking the game all 1-hwHigh, tor they had a big handful in Newport, and it was anticipated they would have to be on the height of tneir form to secure victory, Swansea tailed to rise to the occasion as thoir supporters expected, and their efforts lacked finish. During the last ten minutes they had by far the better of the argument, and several chances went a-begging in the most irritating manner. It was probably due to the exceptional keenness in which the game was contested that Swansea did not repro- duce their best form, for no quarter was ask^d for or givesi, and it was gruemng contest all through. Keenness was betrayed in every movement and sustained right up to the bitier end. Tliere wat; plenty of ii-e and incident, and the 15,000 specta- tors had little cause for grumbling. Trew was the outstanding player amongst the Swansea backs, but he was well supported by Phil Hopkins and Toft, whilst ffaydn Evans, although well looked after by Ellier, did well. But the Swanf-ea backt .ufTerod from lack of onpor- tunities, and never had a decent chance, ihe halves were not as conspicuous as usual, and Owen was cadiy missed. In the Swa.n- vanguard Ivor Morgan was always pro- niinont, W!ill6t he was well seconded by IVfIf Morgan, Ike Williams and Dai Davi;, Bancroft, as previously siafecl. did weil ex- cept in place-kicking. The shining light of the Newport men war Stanley Williams, who did magniticently. Phi miner and Bert did well, but Jack Jones was only moderate. Martm was the better of the halves, and Vile did nothing great, his over eagerness fre- quently causing hiE side to be penatise-L the best of the Newport bunch ot forwards were Waller and Partridge. bREELANCE." A

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