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ST. GEORGE ROUTED. Welsh Team's Sensational Performance. 22 POINTS- TO NIU TRIUMPH OF NEW FORMATION. There waa a general presentiment that 'the attenda-ace at the match would be a poor one, but if anyone had foretold that the interest in the game would be even lees than that evinced in an ordinary club match he would probably have been con- sidered a hopeless pessimist. Actual events, however, proved that he would have been a true prophet. The experience of seeing oniy a few hundred people assembled together on the occasion of an international match within an hour of the kick-off is something more than a. novelty in the history of Welsh foot- ball. The lack of interest and the paucity of numbers was simply staggering to old campaigners who had followed the fortunes of Vle!sl1 football During the Past Twenty Years or more. Swansea, which is usually brisk and progressive on the day of an inter- n,a,tional match were perfeotly normal in character, the streets being just as deserted and just as dirty a son an ordinary day. Even at the Royal Hotel ,the headquarters of the Welsh team, nobody seemed in a mood to talk about football, and it. was amusing as well as astounding to hear even veterans discussing the appointment of M: Birrell as Chief Secretary for Ireland. Then, again, a.nother topic which found full vent was the danger of flamnokrtt-e a.nd the remarku-ble cuseedness of mothers in clothing their offspring in this inflammable material. Tbeee were only two out of the many sub- jeote disoafised during the period of waiting for the ewnt of the day-the main event being left severely alone. True, football was mentioned in a c-aeual eort of a, way. All "were agreed that the South African match had knocked the stuffing out of Welsh foot- ball for season, and public interest could only be renewed by way of beating England and Scotland, and thus opening out the pros- -pe--t of winning The Triple Crown by proving viotorious over Ireland in Cardiff in the Ides of March. All the Welsh players met together at the Royal Hotel shortly after noon, and, with <timinutivo Dicky Owan, had a se-riolls collfeb out the plan of campaign. It was a bort of Oa.hinet Council, the secrets of which could only be revealed in the tactics adopted in the field of play. The English players down at the Metropole kept very quiet all the ti-me, and in their general demeanour gave on'e a.n impression of confidence on their part in the issue being favourable to England. The weather was depreesiagly miserable, a small drizzling rain falling continuously from early morning. It was not sufficient, how ever, to affect the ground to any material extent, and the Turf of St. Helen's fully maintained its reputation its recupera- tive qualities In spite of the uncompromis- ing prospect with regard to tttendance in the early part of the day, there waa a. strong ihope entertained that the people would roll tIIP at tihe liast moment, but it was a hope to be falsifi-ed, for at 2.30,-L quarter of an hour before the kick-off-there were not more than 5,003 on the groun-thc attendance a record for smallness in international foot- hall in Wales for twenty yeairs at least. The Weloh Union might very well have granted free admission to the ground for the sake of keeping up appearances. The remarkably ipoor attemdance was only in proportion to the Lack of interest at the deadneas of every- thing connected with the match. One redeeming feature in the wilderness of woe was the oweet music discoursed by the banad of the 3rd Glamorgan Rifles, under the direction of Mr. Sims. This was the only music provided, not a single attempt being made by the crowd to raise a chorus of any kind, and the effect of the stillness was mv; depressing. In the matter of team changes there was some doubt Up to the Last Moment as to whether Stoop would play with Jtago at half-back, but there was no further alterations in the Welsh team other than already annoanced. A fact worth noting was that only 4,000 people came into Swansea by train to-day as compared with 17,000 on the occasion of the South African match. Both teams were photographed at 2.30 outside the pavilion, the Englishmen being the first to go through the ordeal. Five minutes from the kick-off it was announced that Stoop would play, and that the English team took the field as selected. The teams were as follows:- TEAMS. I Referee, Mr. J. iL. Gillespie, Seottistt union; linesmen, Mr. Rowland Hill (England), and Mr. D. H. Bowen (Wales). Play Desoi bed The teams fielded punctually tat 2.45, and at ,this time there were about 12,000 people on the ground. Dicky Owen won the toes, with the wind at his back at the Mumbles end. Basil HiH kicked off, and the ball was carried into touch near the centre line. From the Jlino-out W. Neill cleverly handed back to Trew, who paesed to Jack Evans, and he to Gabe, who kicked into touch well over the centre line. For legs up in the next scrum j the Welshmen were penalised, but no ground was gained by the kick. The next scrum was carried by the seven forwards, and the ball was kicked to Jackett, who fielded cleverly and kicked back to Trew. who made his mark, but failed to find touch. Owen Teceived from the pext scrimmage, and passed to Trew, who kicked to Ooopper, who found touch in his own 25. For some mysterious reason a free kick waa given to England after the ball was carried into touch, but no ground was gained. Olever ptlay by the Welsh forwards in the ,ai,ext serum resulted in the ball being sent I up to Trew ,who pat in a timely kick into (touch over the English 25 line. From a long throw-out Kelly secured, but was promptly bowled over, and the Welsh forwards, taking I the ball at their toes, d-ribbled to the line, where Jacket saved splendidly by diving on I the ball. The next scrum was formed about five yards from the English line, Ooopper Sprtoking up in A Loose Scramble and punted out to Bailey Darvies, who found touch in the English 25. Short and fharp rwb,,c by the English forwards took play to nioutral ground, where Gibbs came into prominence with a clover dribble, and Trsw ibookin him up, picked up the ball and Owen, but just put his foot on the touch- Sine before giving up tihe ball. Owen again received from his for-wards and passed to Trew, who broke through brilliantly amd passed to Gabe, wiho was tackled before he could pass to Johnny Williams when a lovely opportunity presented itself. A free- Iciok was given a/gainst England in their own 25, and the ball was placed for Reggie Gibbs, jsrtho put in a fine kick, hot Missed the Goal Wales kept up the attack, amd were look- ing dangerous, but another free-kick brought trvdief to England. It was evident even at 1t.båB oaTly stage thet Wales had more than 4on -even obao/oe of winning1, taie -plav,. of the | wthole team being marked by superior clever- ness and skill to that of England. Owen. receiving from his forwards, passed smartly to Trew, who ran splendidly and passed to Jack Evans, who gave up to Maddox. T'hie London Welshman was sailing beauti- fully for the line, but slipped when only two yards off. Brilliant passing by the Welsh backs placed the English goal in danger, and it was only by a marvellous save by Jackett, who threw himself on the ball, that prevented Wales I Drawing First Blood I Jackett was injured in the effort, and Ifft the field with an injured arm. Play was suspended for some time. The wind dropped away. When, play was resumed Jackett was off the field. From the first scrum formed Gibbs received from Owen, and attempted to break through when he ought to have passed to Trew, and put him over with a safe try. He slipped in trying to double his man, and a glorious chance was lost. Owen, served admirably by his forwards, once again parsed to Maddooks, who failed badly to hold the ball, and English forwards dribbled down to the centre, but were stopped by Maddooks, vvtho recovered himself splendidly and kicked into touch at the centre. Owen, again receiving, broke through in brilliant style and threw a wide Pass to Gabs, who Tlan to within ten yards of the line, and then passed to Johnny Wil- liams, wfho found himself cornered and passed to Gabe, but the ball went forward. Immediately afterwards the Welsh backs brought off a Dazzling Round of Passing and it was only the last pass just on the line tha.t weint wrong. Wales's reward, how- ever, was bound to came, and a moment later Owen, receiving from his forwards in the EngLism 25, passed to Trew, who made a lovely opening for Gabe, and the Cardiff man, running strongly, gave a perfectly- timed pass to Johnnie Williams, who scored a clinking try in the corner. Reggie Gibbs took the kick for goal, but sent the ball wide of tne post. Imniediately after the kick-out the Welshmen were hot on the attack., amd looked like scoring every moment. The seven Welsh forwards were doing magnificent work both in the tight and open, and were beat- ing the Englishmen bad!ly. Every man placed up to his reputation as a scrimmager, and already the trend of the play was a com.plete justification of the new formation. Jackett now returned amid cheers, and play ruled right in front of the English goal, where Owen beat Jago badly and ram within five yards of the line before he was brought down. Wales kept up the pressure, and it was only a failure on the part of Gatbe to hold the ball that robbed his side of A Certain Try indifferent handling on the part of the Welsh backs allowed the EnglisJhmen to pass tha meridian line, but danger threatened Wales until Trew made a clever mark, and Gibbs, taking the kick, found touoh in the English 25. Another brilliant round of pass- ing was brought off by the Welsh backs, the most of the work being done by Gibbs break- ing- through cleverly, but the last pass to Maddooks went wrong, and an opportunity ■was lost. Within the next minute Gibbs again broke through with one of his charac- teristic; dribbles and cross-kicking with con- summate judgment, beating the English I defence (hopelessly, and, throwing himself on I the ball, Scored a Try I which he himself converted with a beautiful kick. The kick-out brought England no relief. The Welshmen came at it again with great determination, placing England quickly on tihe defensive. So far there had been only one side in it, play having been confined entirely to the English 25. Trew was badly hurt in a tackle wliem he was about to break through the English defenc, but the hurt was not serious, and he was able to resume within a couple of minutes. The English forwards dribbled down to the Welsh (half, where Johnny Williams saved by screw-luck- ing into touch. Once inside the Welsh 25 the wearers of the rose made a desperate effort to pieroo the defence, but their methods were clumsy. Tom Evans (iribbled to the centre, where Birkett picked UiI). and, running strongly, passed to Coopper, who was tackled by Trew five yards from the line. Trew was so badly hurt in this tackle that he had to leave the field. A scrum was formed five yairds from the Welsh line, where Owen, having Che ball heeled out to him, ran round on the blind side and kicked inot touch at the centre, thus bringing relief to his side. The Welsh forwards heeled out splendidly, but JagoJ Beating Owen I dribbled over the Welsh 25 line and put U a high punt, from which Maddooks cleverly mGde his mark right on the line amd just in the nick of time. Gibbs, taking the kick, found touch near tho centre. The English forwards beet th,e .Welshmen in the next scrum and dribbled down to the home 25, where Jack Evans picked up cleverly and smartly kicked into touch at the English 25 line. A brilliant attack by the Welsh backs túûk play to the English 25, where Johnny Williams was hurt in making a fine effort to cross. Immediately the game was resumed Owen F" t the hall out clean and swift to Gibbs, who passed to Gabe, and the old Ijlanelly player, putting in a great run, gave the hall at the right moment to Jack Evans, who promptly threw to Maddocks, and lie went over with A Perfect Try I which Gihbs converted with a magnificent kick. No praise oan be too great for Gabe's effort in breaking through and the admir- able, judgment he showed in passing the ball at the right moment to his co-centre, and tbe Pontypool man is aleo to be compli- mented upon the accuracy of his pass to Maddooks. Half-time score: G. T. P'ts. I WALES 2 1 13 England o o 0 SECOND HALF Travers re-etairted for Wales with a. solid advantage of thirteen points, and, to the great delight of the spectators, Trew had now returned, and was greeted with cheers all round- the ring. Showing great dash and determination, the Englishmen ined Welsh territory, and Bailey Davies was called upon to save. He threw himself feair- leesly on the ball, and saved the situation in daring (fashion. England were attacking strongly, when Trew, pioking up in the loose, made a. capital opening for himself, and puiruted down to Jackett, who found touch at the centre. Owen was caught off- side, and a penalty was given to England, from which Birkett punted to Bailey Davies. who safely held the bell in the mouth of the goal and pun-ted into touoh near the cemibre. The English forwards were now making desperate efforts to break through the scrum rather than pot it out to their backs. They dribbled over the Welsh 25 where Trew made a clever mark and kicked into touch out of danger. The Welsh- men were now having tihe WORST OF THE ARGUMENT 1 on the gmiem.1 run of play, but England never looked like breikin4,1 through the Welsh defence. Gibbs puit in seme useful work by tackling Stoop just as he waa making a nioe opening for his three-quarters. This enabled the Welshmen to take play from the centre to the Eniglisih 25, where Owen, running round on the blind side, punted into touch ten yards from the visitors' goal-line. Trew Trew at this moment happened to be out of position, or he might have been put over very nicely. Poor handling by the Welsfli bajoks let in the English forwards, who, with short dribbles, took the htal 1 right up to Bailey Davies, who fielded cleverly, and, finding himself unable to get in his kick, showed excellent judgment in passing back to Trew, who kicked into touch at tihe centre. Trew was playing a gTcat game, amd a moment la.ter came into prominence with a clean pick-up and a timely kick into touch. Jago, receiving from his forwards, passed to Birket, who threw t!ie ball to Scott, and the Bristol man was going headlong for the line when Gabe, dashing across, sent him into touch ten yards from the line. Wales had to play ON THE DEFENSIVE for some time, and England, by virtue of their persistent attack, thoroughly deserved to score. They carried play right to the Welsh line, and Jago passed out to Shrew- ring, who made straight for the line, but was finely tjrckled by Gabe three yards out. The Englishmen were uaWCoing great-guaa, ew.wiadly in front, and again carried play to the Welsh line, wnere Bailey Da-vies saved splendidly by throwing himself on t;h,e ball at the feet of the opposing forwards. A free kick was given to Wales for off-side by one of the English forwards, and Gibbs found touch at the centre. Tom Evans, breaking through a, loose scrum, dribbled down to Jackett and tackled him before he could put in his kick. This enabled Wales to assume an aggressive posi- tion FOR THE FIRST TIME in this half, an Ct,he Welsh forwards, taking advantage of this opportunity, heeled out beautifully to Owen, who sent the ball to Trew, and the Swansea man, running at a correct angle, passed at the right moment to Gabe, who beat the centre and passed to Johnnie Williams, who bounded over the line with Jo. A LOVEtLY TRY in the extreme corner. Gibbs failed with the kick. From the kick-out play was taken into the English 25, and the Welsh forwards, with Tom Evams as their leader, dribbled in great style over the English line, where Jackett got on the ball just in time and touched down. The kick-out enabled England not only to gain relief but to make 'a. strong attack on the Welsh position. Birkett, receiving from Stoop, made a deter- mined effort to break through, but found the tackling too keen, and was knocked over on his own Z5 line. England now TOOK OUT A FORWARD from the psuck to play -,e, extra back, and from the very next scrum Owen had the ball and passed to Trew, who ran beautifully to the centre, and there passed to Gabe, who cross-kicked, and made his sdde look like scorers all over, but only to find Stoop pick- ing up smartly and kicking into touch at the centre. The Welsh forwards, again, led by Tom EN-ans,an(i Pritebard, dribbled for the English 25, where Watts joined them and cleverly crossed, doubling over to Brown, he made a dash for the line, and, finding him- self pressed, passed to Maddocks to touch down and score THE FIFTH TR Y. Gibbs failed at the kick. Th.is magnificent rush by the Welsh forwards demonstrated to perfection their genuine merit, and also the superiority of the new formation as com- pared with the old. England took play to the Welsh 25 immediately after the kick-out, and Birkett, with a high kick, sen t the ball to Bailey Davies, who held safely and touched down. From this point the Englishmen were beaten in all phases of play, and Travers, coming through a loose scrum, dribbled with superb judgment, and, assisted by Pritchard and Tom Evans, put the Englishmen on the defence, but Jackett got round in time to touch down. There was no holding the Welsh forwards at this stage; they were beating the Englishmen hopelessly. Tom Evans, Pritchard, Travers, and Watts were particularly conspicuous for grand play. Gibbs, receiving from a kick by Jackett at the centre, passed to Maddocks, who put in a fine run on the wing, carry- ing the ball over the English 25 line. where he passed to Pritchard, but the ball was sent slightly forward. A moment later, however, the Welsh forwards were off again, and Brown, heing the leader, scored the sixth try for Wales, and was heartily con- gratulated by his comrades. Reggie Gibbs again took the kick, a.nd the ball went only a couple of yards wide of th emark. Time was then called. FINAL SMRE: (T. T. Pts. WALES 2 4 22 I ENGLAJ.D 0 0 0 PO.NT8 OF THE GAME. 3. 9.—J. L. Williams scored an unconverted try. 3.19.-Gibbs scored a try, which he himself converted. 3.29.)Ia,ddocks scored the third try, which was converted. 3.58.J. L. Williams scored another try. 4.6.-H. T. Maddocks scored an unconverted try. Forward's" Comments I Nothing less decisive than the word Revelation can adequately describe the trend of to-day's game and the glorious vic- tory of Wales. There is some hope now that the most ultra-conservative and blindly pre- judiced of advocates for the old formation will be convinced that, by persisting in their allegiance, they will be clinging to a fetish. There is no longer any possible shadow of doubt that the new system is the natural one in the progress and advancement of the science of Welsh football., an dit is to the credit of Wales that they had the courage to be the pioneers in this matter, as she was in the adoption of the FOUR THREE-QUARTER GAME. It is quite true that our eyes were opened to the possibilities of the eight-back game by the New Zealanders, but it does not detract one iota from the compliment due to the Welsh selectors in emulating a good exampde. It is difficult to explain in so many words wh ythe seven-forwards formation is superior to the eight-forwards formation, but the proof of its efficacy is in the play, and it has been demonstrated to the point of absolute conviction that the game of the future will be that played by Wales to-day. There was not one man who left the St. Helen's ground without feeling that a new vista has opened out in Rugby football, and even if he came to the ground with his mind made up that the seven forward for- mation was foolish and ill-advised, he must have gone away convinced that he had made an egregrous error of judgment. No praise can be too sincere, and no tribute can be too glowing to the Welsh forwards for their truly magnificent display. They played up to their reputation as scrimmagers to a man, and not only did they give an exhibition of strength, resolution, and honest hard work, but they were all past masters in all the phases of skilful play. It is invidious to mention one of the seven more than another, but an injustice would be done if a, special word of praise was not given to Tom Evans for his great game. He and Travers were the pick of the basket, but in saying this let it not be thought for a moment that the other five did not play up to the highest standard; in fact, the pack can be accounted one of the best that has ever represented Wales, and there is no reason for supposing that a single change will be made when the time comes to select the team TO MEET SCOTLAND NEXT MONTH. It was remarkable how regularly and how oleanly and how systematically the Welsh seven heeled out the ball, especially in the first half, and it was still more remarkable how they broke through the scrums and carried all before them in the concluding quarter of an hour of the game. They simply swept the English forwards off their feet, and during this period Jack Brown, Neill, Dowell, and Pritchard came into special prominence. The cleverness of their dribbling was worthy of the traditions of a Scottish pack of forwards, and it is pleasing to think that the Welsh forwards appreciated at last the value of clever footwork, and still more pleasing to know that they are capable of translating that appreciation into practice. From the very outsea the Welshmen looked winners, but it was beyond the wildest dream of the most optimistic of optimists that the hugh score of two goals four tries would be piled up by the wearers of the leek. Much as I have said of the forwards, the praise due to the backs cannot possibly be more sincere or more thoroughly merited. They played, every man of them, with per- fect combination, and there was a happiness of understanding and a harmony of move- ment which suggested that they had played regularly together in at least a. dozen matches. < Dicky Owen, acting up to his responsibility and the distinction of being captain of his country's team, played ONE OF THE BEST I games of Ms life. It was thought by many good judges of the game prior to the match tha,t Owen was playing largely upon his reputation, but that notion has been com- pletely dispelled by the brilliant display he gave on tnis occasion. Fortun.ately for him, he was 'admirably served by his forwards, and he showed his appreciation of their kind- ness iby his best handling of the ball, his accurate and well-timed passes, and the bewildering variety which he introduced into his play. He and Trew made perfect partners, and there is no doubt that the Welsh Union Com- mittee acted wisely after all in selecting the Swansea- pair to ope.rato between the for- wards and three-quarters. Trew, partaking of Owen's spirit, also played one of the finest games of his care ex, and the same tri- bute can be PAID TO GIBBS. who was simply everywhere all through the game. When the forwards broke away Reggie Gibbs was with them, booking them up with his excellent dribbling, and when the ball came out to the backs Gibbs was there too to do his share in every attacking THE WELSH TEAM. RECORDS AND PHYSIQUE Age. Weight. Height, st. Lb. ft. in. D. Davies 22 12 7 5 10 R. T. Gabe 27 13 0 5 10 J. L. Williame 24 11 0 5 Si J. Eva-ns. 2-1- 11 7 5 10i H. T. Maddooks 26 10 12 5 8s R. M. Owen 28 9 3 5 3 W. Trew. 26 10 10 5 8 R. A. Gibbs 24 11 0 5 10 George Travers 28 12 9 6 0 C. M. Pritchard 26 13 13 5 10 J. WarfAs 30 12 2 5 9 J. Brown 25 14 12 6 04 W. Neill 26 12 6 5 104 Tom, Evans 23 14 0 5 11 W, tKweJl ..Au.. 11¡ & i 6 A 1


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