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TOM PRICE. THE IS. A. PREMIER.,

FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEWS.

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FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEWS. THE Welsh put up a great i fight against Leicester on the 21st March, being defeated only by 3 points ,1 goal 1 try to 1 goal. The Welsh have been very unfortunate during this half of the season, losing several players through injuries and illness, and against Leicester they had 5 reserve forwards play- ing, but they did excellent work and often put the home line in danger. J. F. Williams scored for the Welsh, Jenkins kicking the goal. London Welsh .10 points. London Irish.8 points. This semi-international took place at West Ham on Saturday last, both sides were short of several of their regular players, the Welsh suffering very greatly in this respect. The match was the last of the Welsh home games and was witnessed by a fair crowd, and both sides gave a very excellent exhibi- tion of the passing game which pleased the spectators. The Irish, playing with the wind in their favour, scored twice during the first half 1 penalty goal and 1 try through Brydon, which O'Grady converted with a great kick. Maddocks scored a fine try for the Welsh after splendid passing which Jenkins easily converted, the Irish leading at half time by 3 points. During this half Levi Jones was injured and retired after about ten minutes' play, this greatly weakened the already light Welsh pack, Jones having been playing well of late. With the wind in their favour the Welsh made some heavy attacks on the Irish line, but they failed to get over until about 10 minutes from time, when Vivian started a fine passing movement which ended in Maddocks scoring his second try behind the posts, after a grand run along the touch line, in which he beat three or four Irishmen. Lloyd easily converted and thus put the Welsh two points ahead, which lead they kept until no side was called. It was a pleasant game to watch, and the Welsh 7 forwards did very well against their heavy opponents. The Welsh backs were good Lloyd, Vivian, Evans and Maddocks doing great work, and had the Welsh been able to play Harding, Williams, Clay, Hawkins and Davies at forward, they would have won by 20 points and not 2. Aberavon gave Swansea rather a fright on Saturday, the All Whites winning a very fast game by 1 try only. Newport journeyed to Gloucester, but failed to score more than a penalty goal to Gloucester's I penalty goal and 2 tries. Pontypool defeated Bristol at Ponty by 11 points to 7; the match was witnessed by a great crowd. The great game in Wales on Saturday was the return between Cardiff and Llanelly at Car- diff. The initial match at Llanelly in Dec. ended in a very decisive victory for the boys of Sospan Town, and Cardiff took their defeat in very bad taste, and made a very big cry of rough play and threatened to cancel future fixtures, but on Saturday they just managed to win by 11 points to 6. The game was very exciting throughout, and Cardiff if anything were lucky to win. Now that they have once again come out on top, we shall hear very little of cancelling fixtures until Llanelly defeat them again, when the old cry will once more be raised Drop the Llanelly fixture." The Welsh play Catford away on Saturday, this being their last game in Town." The Easter tour means meeting Gloucester, New- port and Bristol; rather a hot trio to finish the season with! WELSH FORWARD,

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