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WALES v. NEW ZEALAND. -— ■"»' A Welsh Triumph. SATURDAY'S ORE-AT GAME. Described by Old Stager." In staying the all-conquering career of the New Zealanders at Garcliff on Saturday, the Welsh team gained the most sensational victory in the history of the Rugby same. The Colonials came to Wales supported bv a scries of 27 vic- tories, unequalled in scoring record, tbeir tale of points being 801 to 22, they had defeated the national sides of England, Scotland and Irelaqd, and tbev faced the players of the Principality at a time of transition whin many great backs had practically retired, and there was a temnorary dearth of conspicuous merit among the youth of tbe comparatively nmall area from which the re- presentatives of Cymru cau be chosen. As the Colonials went on from triumph to triumph Welshmen realised the gravity of their took, and patriotism asserting mastery over personal pre- dilections the members of the Old Guard" who have contributed so much to the maintenance of the prestige of tbe Welsh national game found thuir eourifry'a eall irresistible. Walss was not to be humiliated. ItemponEe to taunts from some critics who profess tn know ao much and possess very little know- ledge of the Welsh stylo and players was made by careful preparation for the match, and to the enrneatnaas displayed in the few practices, the generalship, advice, and piay of the so-called old crocks on the main line of a clovecly conceived plan of campaign is attributable tbe proud position in which Wales stands to-day. The match provided A Titanic Struggle it was a test of physique greater than I have ever 3een on the football field, but it was a greater trial of courage and of that really U12- dafinable something generally referred to a keeping head" and nerve." The Welshmen entered the fray handicapped. They were adopt- ion a hybrid atylefor the occasion. Following the example of every club, county, and cooutry who had met the Now Zealandera they were opposing them with the same number of men in the for wards. True to their traditions in not blindly imitating the home players put to trial the various methods utilised by the defeated teams to prevent the Colonials getting constant use of the ball for their backs, and finding them nearly all wanting thay evolved a novel formation forward, and this served the side splendidly, though it .wats not as effective as it was expected to prove in spoiling the hookers." They pre- vented the New Zealand Bcmrnmagers forming up two against one, and every scrum found each of the hookers with a man im- mediately in front cf him. For tho greater portion of the game the Welsh for- wards not only limited the number of times the opposing seven secured the ball, but commanded it themselves sufficiently often to have brought off three or four scores against an ordinary national side, anil it was from a clean best that Owen started the clever movement in which Pritcbard and Gabe took part and which led to dlorgan making The Only Score of the Game. This try waa typical of Walsh back play at its best, ;,nd really was the only general movement in which the orthodox Welsh style of passing was exhibited. There was no semblance of flolte about any of the transfers-it was gained by tha quintessence of skill. In tha second half, however, for long periods the heavier weight with aystematised attitokof the New Zealand pack made itself felt, and their backs had chance after chance in quick succession. Now it was that the Colonials ahoufd have won. Splendid chances for driving home attack they were, too. for; as Gallaher shielded Roberta by obstructing the Welsh backs, the half-back was set going under the best circumstances for opening-making. And Roberts made the most of his opportunities, too, but there was no other back on his side who did not blunder in taking passea or fail to give up the ball at the exact moment to a colleague. This was an unexpected breakdown, and it was fortunate for Wales tbat it came at this stage cf the game. Think of what would happen if Owen could have got away the bail to his backs from five successive scrummages I The Colonial backa made mull after mull, and had the handling been aafe, despite the heroic the defence, the line must have been crossed more than once. Now it was, too, that Wales Showed Unbeatable Resourcefulness. Appreciating that it was useless waate of strength always to keep pushing hard for the ball only to lose it the Welsh forwards did grandly in foot- work and tackling. C. M. Priichard and Joseph mado brilliant tackles, while Harding ving tho leader in dribbling rushes when the ball waa missed by tha opposing backs. Then, too. the valuo of Cliff Pritcbard as an extra back was made apparent, for each Wolah back covered his iaimediiite opponent, and timing the passes to a tick they upaet the customary formation of New Esaiand behind the scrummage, and by forcing premature passes through going boldly for the man with the ball they compelled transfers to be given without regard to the correct position of the man for whom the ball was meant. For a while interceptions were frequent, and tho New Zealanders' five-eights and three-quarters daring not to pass with greater chance of inter- ception than of someone being 11 up" to carry on the attack pioved bow demoralised they bad become by Kicking Bang Into Winfield's Hands repeatedly. This kicking waa oftener thp-n not done as an opponent was almost completing a tackle, and was reminiscent of the fctyle of George Young, back in the early days of I he Cardiff team, and T. W, Pearson is the only Welata player of recent years who could kick BO quickly. Percy Bush is easily the best man in Wales to day at tbiaqaick kicking,and knowledge that be might drop a goal helped to embarrass the visiting backs. Winfield, whose safe touch-finding could not have been eclipsed, oftentimeshad 20 yards'room so tbat the punting, was useless, and it lost ground on every occasion, and was in marked contrast to the high abort pacta pnt in daring the first half, when, had any of the Welsb backs failed in fielding, there was every probability of scoring, for the whole of the New Zeal-inderis backed up admirably. Twice New Zealand Nearly Scored, and come of the Colonials assert they sbonld have been awarded a try. This was when Wallace made a grand rnn cn the left wing. What hap. pened exactly was unseen by me, as my view of the far wing was obstructed at this point. The facts, as I have been able to gleara them from the players, are that Wallace received the ball from a kick, and with bead down started off at top pace. Llewellvn ran to meet him with a view of holding him, or of compelling him to cross the tcnch-line, but the Welsh right tvinger slipped when going for his man at full speed, and failing to recover, fell. At the same moment Wallace swerved inwards, and to aAoid Nicholls and Winfield he came in again to the wing, and, passed to Oeans. Morgan sprinted across from the left wing, and helped Winfield to sava what otherwise would have been a try by tackling DeanB before be grounded the bail, and, though a splendid effort was made by the centre three. qaarter to straggle over, timely reinforcements came to Morgan, and the ball waa grounded be. tween two and three feet from ths line, though Daana considers he grounded the ball in goal. This Was Hard Luck, but Dot a whit worse than that whicb came to Llewellyn early in the first half, when he ghad the misfortune to lose the ball when there was absolutely no defence to beat. The next, and only other occasion when the New Zealanders looked like scoring was from a scrum in the goal mouth. The ball was booked out slick to Roberts with surprising quickness, and there was every probability of his scoring himself, but he paaBed to Mynott, who was through had Nicholl-i not banged into him. An atterapp, to push him through when be was tackled, as he could not paea the ball," fortunately failed. Play in The Final Ten Minutes was thrilling in incident. McGregor and Mynott missed parses when the position looked bright for a score, and then Nicholla made the most magnificent run of the day, which would probably have ended in a sonaational score if Harding had been able to steady himself. This was an exgpaple of the way to change stern defence into clever attack of a character seldom equalled even on a Welsh ground, and it saved the strain upon tbe sorely taxed defenders, even if it did not save the match itself. I have attempted to convey to those outside the 45,000 people who wore lucky tfoough to wit- ness a never-to-L-e-formottau game the salient incidents in the aotual play, There were other points which had a potent influence on the issue such as the refereeing and injury to plucky little Owen, who was "nevar daunted though he waa cruelly used on beapa of occasions, and waa fortunate to emerge from the contact with no more serious damage than a displaced chest cartilage. Though not a man on the Welsh aide failed to contribute his quota to the victory ) the names that will be moat prominently asso- ciated with the match will be Owen, Niobolls, Winfield, and tho Ltitchards. Elsewhere I have written at length in praise of the referee- ing, and in condemnation of aotna of what I ijavs bad no hesitation in describing a'S Unsporting Devices Adopted by the Colonials. Gnllaber'a varied ways of putting the ball into the Ecrimma-s are clatiped as extremely olever by the New Zealandars, and his shielding of Robrta by actively obstructing his would-bo tacklers is considered to be absolutely atraight- forward play down undir. In justice to Gallaher, who off the field is a au agreeable disappointment to those who con- clnoe from his play that he is bot. tempered, tie is a nice-mannered man and 008 of tho social successes of his team. Tie maintain!} tbat bo is entitled to do all be tioes by the strict letter cf the laws of the gkwe, aud regstdi tho rebounding of the ball in line with where he puts it into the scrummage as being equally as fair aa if it were heeled to bim. He also denies that he puts bias on the ball or tsviBtB it into his hooker*' possession. Ha accounts for tbe speed with wbioh the ball comes Ollt of be Sartl m mae by Praising the Skilled Hookers, Ho is supported by nil the members of the team I aud tbey direct attention to the prejudicing of | tbfir eapUtia's eaQQoei ttrou^b his failure to do justice to his skill because be has to wait in every match until he knows what the referee will allow ancl what he will not before he can settle into his style. It is sporting of his colleagues to backup their captain, but the laws of the game must be observed, and whatever the interpretation put upon them in Now Zealand theteisnoreason whatever why that'interpregation ubocild be acted upon here after retention baa been calied to the infringements. It is certainly Dot playing the game to be continually endeavouring to outwit the referee for the benefit of one's side, for it was made ebvious on an any occasions in the match that the ball was Not Grounded Into the Scrummage as the laws expiesseJv require. Gallaheir's swerving of the ball Wr.n checked because the referee kept view from the far side of the scrum, but though this position was the bett to detect; the profitable swerving it gtva Gallaher a free hand for his rebounding trick." With an indifierent roferce or r.ne controlled by senti- meat Walea might easil vhave been the defeated side, and by a taU scorej for no defence can cope with some of ths dodges of the New Zealand captain. It is an unpleasant task to have to write in this manner, but it is time publicity is given to what is a blot on the fame of the Colonials, who have abown they are thoroagb footballex4 quite good enough to win most of their matches with- out resort to what is here treated as mere rricki- neas in open defiance of the laws of tbe game. -==-=-r-

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