WHAT THE CLUBS ARE DOING. CARDIFF. HAT crushing defeat of Car- diff at Portsmouth last Saturday was one of the surprises of the season. A narrow victory for the Fcdted Services would not have caused much disap- pointment, but 21 points to 3 was simply terrific. Arm after the good form which Cardiff has seiown since the early part of December it "IVa by no means expected. But, then, there is consolation in the fact that eight of the -regular players wore absent. including' four iwteirnaAionals. so that there was really no greait discredit in the reverse. While the Services. uadou-btedly, played 0cod footbail, their success after aU was largely due to their extraordinarily superior cal force* It was almost pitiful t.o i watch the puny efforts of lit.tle Potter to &w-p the huge Dr. G-reig. The ex-Scotch inter- national half is nearly as big as John Brown. Rtjll. it. has to be confessed that only for about a quarter of an hour during the eari-, tart of the second hall" did Cardiff shape like a good fids. Then, with Percy Bush present, and with one or two of the chances that were offered Potter. Cardiff would proba-bly ha-ve pulled t.he giime out of the fire. At tho, same time, anyone looking- om was bound -to admire the desperate courage of those young officers of the Army and axy. Not a suspicion of funk was there about one of them. They simply let themselves go with a reckless abandon, that impelled admi- ration. S. F. Chopper. "the jumper," scored the first try, after beating R. A. Gibbs as cleverly as that fine player was ever beaten in his life. Gibbs and Coopper had the open field to themselves, and the sailor won—man against man. He just dcd-ged the Welsh international beautifully. After the game was over Coopiper was tabilunt about his success. It waa something he had been waiting for for years. Geoffrey Biggs, of the famous Cardiff family of athletes, played a very useful game for the Services. It was a typical piece of Welsh opportunism, by which he intercepted tbiat pass to Ewan Davies, and ran up to Bobby Williame. for G. L. Gibbs to score. All the United Services players were men of fine physique and very speedy. They BEN I GRON-OW (Bridgend)- sim,ply tare their way through the Cardiff defence. F. H. Potterv who deputised Percy Bush last Saturday, is only seventeen years-of age. Ee, undoubtedly, has much foothaU a?bihty. bu't it is greatly to ?e hoped that in the next year or two he will put on anotijer stone in j weight, or it is to be feared that he will not make much of a success as a first-clase jrfayer. Meanwhile, the committee would do [ LLANELLY. T C-tradev L-i,-t Saturday the only game was that between Llanelly Seconds and Carmarthen College. The game aroused very 1 i t,-Ie interest, no doubt. owing to the great enthu- th'jsiaszn taken in tho junior teams, who are making such a keen fight for the "Star" cups In the previous game, at Carmarthen, the Seconds, although poorly represented, won by a try, but last Saturday they had a strong team out. E. Downing, who has been dropped by the premiers, played a grpat game, and scored a lovely t.iy. -Io did Wyman and G-wilym Rvaais.
THE HARROWING ADVENTURE OFTHE ABERAVON TOURISTS. (THE TOURIST AT B-O-ME. ABERAVON -AQUATICS.") THE TOURIST: 'en. I declare! Here's me, not a mile frcm home, in trouble again. How did it an happen ? Was it zm earthquake or wha,l Aayho'w, I'm in rh-e soup—ditchwater. I mean-and that hoirrid Elephant is "scrunohfng up" my lunch. Xow, WHEN shall I have a HAPPY adventure? Swansea v. A be raven last Saturday. Swan- sea won in a slush by 6 points to nil.
TRICKED AND TRAPPED! I It certainly looked as if tihe (record) pup was going to be -up. B-u.t. there's many a sJip. and the pup made st,raight for the trap (he was the bait ), the lion pounced i0110 it, Mr. Newport Hunter pulled the string, and down came tihe door. The pup slipped out t-htough the bars. Bristol led by 5 points at half-time, but Newport dropped a goal at the last mo.ment- 4 points.
PCNARTH. PMMTth. who fared badly when they met Bridgend in the early Part of the season, did better last Sebumclav on their o-jivn ground, wheat ait the finish no score was Mastered. The game was of a. gruelling nafcuire, in whaoh two good packs were opposed. The IVaarth pern compared favourably with that of Briidgiend. and the would have wen had not Shepherd, who ha-d got over in clever flaahacm, lose the baJJ just as he was about to ground it. pwnaxth have made a good capture in P. C. „ lbobael who ie a good acruanmager, and very in the loose. I
FEmtOALE. The Borers played their first home match ■inoe CBunstmas leat SatnTdSY with Ynysybwl, | who were undefeated. The field was covered j wtth hard snow, amd militated greatly against "classy" footbalL The homesters won by 16 points. David Davies and D. Vigars scored uncon- Terted tries, both being the result of some lpret-ty play by the homesters' back division. Cte the daiylo play -the homesters were by far tte better team. k second division league match by: a try to nil. Harry Lloyd scored the try for the winners, and the best of them- were Dan Jones, D. Evans, J. Jones, and T. Jenkins. Ebbie Downing has so far refused the offer to go North. The &um ,of LEO down is rather I tempting to the scarlet forward, but he has d-e,cided not to leave the town.
THE "SANE" BRIDGE I (NOT PARIS). I Owine t? the accident a.t Bridgend a fort- nigiht ago P?arth w? unable ? -cr<?- it. Da?t weak a game w?m a draw, nether ?de Modnr
lateatTel^rams^ MOKMOTTTH MT7EDBB. The coroner's jury returned a rerdict of "Wilful murder" against Victor Jones. Fir-alAi^rti!l;>ry, 1 ;oaI 'dr ipped), 1 try \7 point); Piii, nil. A'fiergaveuay, 3: Tri'dcgar, 2. Alleyiati# 3p-tsi-London Ir-ifiSi; nil. Cmderiord, nil; Lydn.ty, nil. Gloucester n., bpts; Bristol II., niL KeigCiley, 17pts; York, lOpts. Weston, 3pts; Pontypool, 3pta. Hookey final: Midland, 3; South, & Redruth, 3pts.; Plymouth, 3pts. ifond, 3 gc«a)ls; Mumbles Albions, L Talywain, nil; Newbridge, nil. English gchoolf Trial.—>^t, Z4pl", East 0. WRESTLING The ,;cj-r;arl bout was more prolonged, but 0berpiI!od paired the faD, and the cha.:n-I Pi"nc:h ip iK 23min. ?2sfc. For a i?ng ti-ma? E??!)?irois 7!-a? en t?p, b"t could do Little, showing -faaty lnowle?dge of ca?tch-ae-c?tch' ca-n ho'ds. Ge?.tin? on top after twent?? minutes Cherpillod seteral timee got some fine crutch holds. CJherpillod won with 61 leg hold half Nelson. JisJSjJtjLd BABBT JROCK ALBION v. PEMBROKE Barry were more effective in the sccond half, and made good progress down, the slope. As the result of pretty combuiation W. Price scored the second goal for the hornetters. C. Lewis was injured in a. taokle, and was forced to retire for a short time. Shortly before the close T. Diaviee again netted for Barry. Final: Barry Dock Albion .3 goals; Pembroke Dock, 2. M.C.C. CEICKET TOUE. The M.C.C. team in aputh Africa, beat the Queen stow n and Northern District team to- day by an innings and 63 rums. ENGLISH CUP. Sioc&port, 0; Leyton, Z. Portsmouth, 0; Coventry City, 1. Southend rtiited, 0: Queen's Park R., 0. Brifctol City, 1; Wetst Bromwich A, 1. Aston Villa, 6; Derby County, 1. Soutiiampeon, C; Manchester City, 5. Bradford City. 1; Blackburn Rovors. 2. y^rttamptoQ, 0; Forest, O. Leicester Fosse, 3; Bury, a. L_ -A- ■ e v. v
SWANSEA. I IVANSEA took a poor team to Aberavon, but, chiefly through the brilliancy of Trew, managed to get home by a couple of tries. The famous Swansea winger, Harry Toft. has gone North. For six weeks this littie leilow had been out 01 wora, ana has had the representatives from Northern clubs angling after him. He bad steadfastly refused to go, and even when money was being counted out to him he once left the room. However, the poachers were not to be denied. and only worried him the more. At w,t he could see that it was hopeless expect, Wig work at Swansea, and. having a wife and smU family to keep, he couM reswt no longer, and ?160. with the usual terms, was responsible for- his leaving Swansea. He was one of the moOelt popular players with the crowd who ever wore a white jersey. The amazing tricki nese he displayed has Te-ver been approached by any other player at St. Helen's, and his wonderful display y at Cardiff last sea,son, will never be forgotten. He played his first Northern Union match on Saturday, and was in. brilliant form. scoring one try and practically giving another one away to a oonmide. He returned to Swansea on Monday, but, anything un- foreseen excepted, he will be playing for Hiraslet again to-day. Although he has gone, no player ever went W11tJh so much sympathy and good wishes ae does Toffy," the affectionate name by which he was invariably known. At lbera-von the field was in a terrible state, and. although from an Aberavon stand- point, the game- might have been interesting on account of the close result, it is difficult to explain how mud-larking" can at any time be called by such a name. The Aberavon writers play a splendid tri- bute to Willie Trew when they say that if it had not been for his kindness and sports- manship the match would not have been played, as the ground certainly was not fit. There is this much to be sa.id-tbe Swansea Club never neglect the 'Avonites, with whom thev are on the best of tenn8—?u<?h as all Qlubs ought to be one with another. In Wales to-day there is far from the unanimity there should be—one oktb mxuet seemingdy be at loggerheads with another. Does this tend, to the welfare of the game?
NEATH. OTH the Welshmen who went North lazt week "came off." W. Edwards did particularly well, and Huddersfield axe more than satisfied, with him. He dro-pped a beautiful goal in the first half. But what is Neath going to do for a fitting i substitute? The name of Young Wnrd, of Danygraig, has been mentioned. Another suggestion' is that Dick Richards should be given a trial. And yet another hints at a good man att Resol ven. Rumour hath it that Frank Woods, the cap- tain of the Cardiff Seconds, is likely to start business at Cla-,tellnedd. Woods could be playing for Oard'iff firsts if he ohoee to-day-, but. he has remained loyal to his men, and has refused. An attempt was made to arrange a fixture with Aberavon to-day, but the overtures of the Neath committee failed, and there will be no match on the Gnoll. Last Saturday's match with TTeorky was no more disappointing than ooaild have been expected, under the conditions. The ground
DREW" UP JUST IN TIME. SA.UjOIELUA-N" PENA-EIR (at Bridg(e)end): Luciky I kept, a good hold o' the ropes, or. "furl me topsail," we'd agone right overboard. Penarth v, Bridgend last Saturday. A pointless draw.
I STILL u SAFE." BURGLAR (BRISTOL): Well, guv'nor, that's 'ard cheese. After a feller's bin: and found the safe and opened it to go and get con-ped. By a narrow squeak Newport beat Bristol last week by 4 points to 3. I
| NEWPORT. AST Saturday the game between Newport and Bristol, at Bristol, though a good deal closer than most Newport people bad barga-ined for, was not quite what it was sought to be made out in some quarters. Newport had Itile aavantage of a bit 01 provermai iuck, iL is true, in getting a Cropped goal five minutes from the finish when Bristol had for fifty minutes been leading with a solitary try. But goals must count in the score as long as the rules remain as they are, and Fred Birt. in dropping a goal-it was a very pretty onf,only did what he has been in the habit of doing consistently throughout the season. He ha.s aready dropped three and kicked four penalty goals, and by those goals alone has either won or staved off defeat for New- port four times. So that a. four-points-to- three-points win under such circumstances: was not a very flukey affair. George Beith, the second tea/mer. who took Vile's place as scrum-worker for Newport. played, on the whole, a very useful and satis- factory game. He was new to Goodman, the scrum-worker on the other side. who was played on Beith a good deal. It is possible that had Vile been there he would have Ielbowed or shinned Goodman off a good deal more than Beith did. But as a first appear- ance in the first team it was very creditable on the pa,rt of Beith, who gamely came out again very soon after he was knocked out in the second half. Walter Martin was in grand form. The pity was that he was not more thoroughly backed up when he was making those dashing runs and opening up the chances for the New- port three-quarters. Considering the bad state of the ground, Martin's play was simply marvellous. There seems to be a tendency on the part of some of the Newport patrons who accom- panied the team last Saturday to criticise the plan. of campaign adopted by the Usk- siders. Under the circumstances, with the turf so heavy and the ball so greasy, would it not, they say,, have been better polley to bave refrained from so much heeling out and to have gone in for keener and more decisive forward work? The 'Bristol three- quarters were, no doubt, a better line than Newport's, and it might certainly have been well to vary the tactics. By the defection of Charlie Pritchard from to-day's Welsh team against Scotland Ernie Jenkins. one of the veterans of the Newport pack, gets his cap. Charlie Pritchard has had a coIn. and sore ribs for some little time past. Most Newport people think Ernie Jenkins wa.s worthily selected as first reserve. The conspicuous play of Ben Uzzell, the Newport Seconds forward, was largely respon- sible ro.r the win against Bristol Seconds at New po'-t. last Saturday. Two out of the three tries scared were directly due to his bursts. Uzzell. who as a runner (needs no introduc-
I JUST LIKE HIS DAD. Newport, II., a ve-r-v successful team, beat Bristol II., last Saturday.
14 PTS TO NIL I ——————— ￼ I IN A SEA OF MUD Wales Beats Scotland. STRENUOUS FORWARD PLAY I CLEVER SCORES RY CARDIFF MEN BANCROFT'S GREAT GOAL I CHANCES I MISSED BY scorIA TOTAL ABSENCE OF PASSING HUGE CROWD WATCH THE MATCH BUSH AND TENNANT INJUREDi I By FORWARD." OOTLA-ND and Wales have never met. under more dis- mal and depressing con- ditions than those which prevailed to-day. From the early morning rain fell heavily and continuously, and all the bright pros- I peots of a great game being played on a dry ground and in fine weather were hopelessly shattered. Not only ddd the unfavourable change in the weather riave a disastrous effect on the playing area. but it affected the gate to the extent of many hundreds of pounds, for it required something iaore than normal keen- neas of enthusiasm to make spectators brave the wretched elements and thus incur serious risks Still, it is surprising to what length foot- ball enthusiasm will carry people, and, what- ever may be thought of it, t'he fact remains that scores of ladies took their seats in the open and in a drenching rain more than an hour before it was time to been. I A Forest of Umbrellas, The open stands presented a scene that oan only be described as a forest of umbrellas. The ground had been partly covered with straw over-night, and this was removed before noon, with the result that the turf was converted into a quagmire, and ptiblic speculation was chiefly concerned with the side that would be mostly helped by the existing conditions. Even ami-ong the players there was a divi- sion of opinion, some contending that the heavy, treacherous ground would be all in fa,vour of the faster and more dashing Scottish forwards, while others contended that it would be adv-antageoms to the Welsh- men because of their wonderful aptitude in passing with a wet and greasjr bsCll* In try- ing to come to some definite ooncjusiop on this point one could not help remarking how Scotland had won previous mattes under similar conditions to those of to-day. and one match especially occurred to one's mind,
ISV THE- FOOTBALL PEEP-SHOW. I and that wM the historic ga-me played in & i hurricane and on a ground -Almost Fit for Water Polo, a/t Inverleith some years ago, when Strand! Jones made an abiding name for himself by his heroic defence in the teeth of a tornado and against one of the finest packs of for- wia.rdis ever turned out by Scotland. Strand Jones that day played himself all out in the first half, and succeeded in preventing the Scotsmen crocking his goal line. but 'àn, it came to playing with the wind in the second portion, he was so utterly exhausted that he was quite incapable of taking advantage of the gale behind his back. Scotland won that day by a penalty goal and a try to nii against what was probably the strongest team that Wales ever sent 1AP to Scotland. Then, again, two years ago at Swansea the two countries met on a heavz ground, and although Wales won by a couple of tries te. a goal it must be confessed, however, reluc- tantly, that Scotland deserved to lose that day. Bearing these things and others in mind, one could not help feeling that the handicap was on Wales and not on Scotland, and it would have been infinitely better from the Welsh standpoint if the match had been played on a dry ground, £ >o that. full opportunity could have been afforded to the Welsh back combina- tion to.get into full swing. One Change in Welsh Side Not a single change was found necessary in either team beyond the one which has al- ready "been announced through the defec- tion of' Charlie Pritchard and his substitu- tion by, Erne Jenkins. The arrangement of the too three-quarter lines was in the order that Angus at right centre played against Spiller. Pearson at left centre against Willie Trew, while Reggie Gibbs on the left wing looked after J. T. Sim son, and MelvilleBaker on the other flank was opposed by the inter- national recruit, W. R. Sutherland. Vilroy. who was also making his debut, worked the scrum, and iI. M. Tennant played outside. Notwithstanding the depressing weather, the crowd was a good-humored one, and enjoyed nothing more than the band's render- ing of popuiar Scottish airs, which included the famous classic, "Stop your tickling, Jock." Some merry youths, who had taken up their positions at the river end of the ground, held alre, a banner bearing the banner, Don't let the Scotch overcome you." Half an hour before the kick-off there were 20.000 people on the ground, and there was such a steady stream pouring in that there was every prospect of an Attendance of 30,000. A good number of Scottish enthusiasts travelletd down over-night by the first excur- sion ever run from North Britain to Wales for an International match, many of them being old international players. No fewer than fourteen excursions were run into Car- diff from different pa.rts of South Wales, but the number of passengers wae nothing like it would have been on a fine day. Indeed, it is more than probable that under fairer con- ditions the attendance would have been a reco'rd one. A fea-ture of the preliminary proceedings was one which has never been seen before in Wales-the waving by a. Scottish enthusiast of the old Scottish stan- dard of a yellow ground with a red lion rampant. i Old Campaigners Meet. There wae almost am entire absence of the usual singing of suoh popular ditties as "Soe- pa;n Fach," and for once the bandsmen had it all their own way in the musical line. There was, as usual, a happy re-union of old cam- paigners who bad played for their country in other days, -.e&.S being specially reserved for them. Owing to tne inadequate aocommoda- tion a email army of pressmen from different ps-rts of the country had to do their work under extreme difficulties, having to write their reports in the open. Ten minutes from time there were at least 25.000 people suro-unding the enclosure, but there was room enough for thousands more. Rain continued to fall unceasingly, and there was no hope of its cessation- Fortu- nately there was very little wind going, there being only a slight breeze from the river-end of the ground. Punctually to time the players turned out, l ¡
I AN UPSET. amid a. deafening roar of cheering, tba two sides being composed of the following:— PLAN OF THE FIELD. Referee: Mr. J. S. Kennedy, of the Irish Rugby Union. Mr. C. J. N. Fleming, vice-president of the Scottish Union, and Mr. J. Jarrett, of the Welsh Union, acted as linesmen. SALE OF TICKETS STOPPED.. Just before the kick-off Mr. Walter Rees made the official announcement that the sale- of shilling tickets had been stopped in order to ensure saftty The Game Described Frew, the Scottish captain, led the wa.y to the accompaniment of the "Cock of the North by the band, and were quickly fol- lowed by Trew and his men, who were greeted with "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau." Scotland won the toss, and elected to play with the. wind at their backs from the river end.. Jack Bancroft kicked off, and a oouple of the Welsh forwards getting in front of the ball, a scrum was ordered in mid-field. The ball was heeled out to Morgan. who threw a* low pass to Bush, wbih he :11?ld not possibly take and another scrum was ordered on the W?I'?h side of the centre line. The Scotsmen broke up the scrum quickly, and the ball was kicked across to Simson on the left wing, and he with a fine punt found touch ten yards from the Welsh line. The Scotsmen attempted a round of pass- ing, but Gibbs broke in and kicked down to the centre, and Shulze, nelding the ball splendidly, kicked back to Bancroft, who found touch at the centre. A Free Kick for Wales The Scottish forwards dribbled well into the. Welsh 25, where Spiller eaved at the mouth of his goal, and a free kick WM given to Wales for a.n off-side tackle by one of the Scottish forwards. Bancroft put in a fine touch-finder near the mntre, and t.he geotch- I I men, again attempting passing, failed to handle the baH. and Percy Bush. breaking in cleverly, dribbled down the ground in great, styie, but,, after, heating the, Scotch custodian was unlucky in over-running the ball. A fine rush. -by, the Welsh forwards returned play to within ten yards of the Scot- tigh, line. and Trew. picking up in loose, tried (hard to find an opening, but, finding his way < blocked, screw-kicked into touch five yards I from the Scottish line- Wales now pressed hard. and Shulze, fielding the ball on his own goal-line, kicked to Bancroft, who punted across to the mouth of the goal, and Melville Baker was on top of Shulze just ae he Touched Down in Self-Defence From the kick out Wales again attacked strongly, the forwards showing grand form and beating the Scotchmen at their own game in the open. A magnificent dribble carried the ball over the line, and just when a try seemed certain one of the Scottish players threw himself on the ball, and *thus robbed the Welshmen of a well-deserved score. From the kick out play settled down for a, minute inear the centre, and Ivor Morgan, taking the ball in the line-out, passed to Trew, who gave up to Bush, but the Car- diffian kicked the ball forward and thus lost a chance of making a promising opening. A free kick to Scotland gained them a lot of ground, and was the means of carrying play into the Welsh 25, where Bancroft was called upon to save at a critical moment. Diving for the ball. he picked it up un- erringly and punted into touch ten yards from his line. Scotland were keeping up the attack, when Angus picked up the ball, and made a. burst, but was well tackled by Spiller just as he was getting dangerous. From the line-out which followed Pugsley broke away in good style, but. the passing which he initiated broke down through a knock forward, and a moment, later a ¡poe.nalty kick to Scotland resulted in M'Cullum finding touch with a fine kick within a few yards of the Welsh goaHine. The Welsh for- wards were now called upon to defend. and they responded in grand style by carrying a scrum, and dribbling down to the 25 line, where Schulze picked up cleverly and found touch fifteen yards from the Welsh line The Welsh forwards- again broke away, and from a smart kick one of the Scotsmen made. his mark and kick up to Pugsley, who failed to hold, but quickly recovered himself and ho,l, d bizt Q passed to Trew,; who kicked down to Schulze; and the Scottish custodian kicked back over the Welsh goal-line, the ball going out of bounds. I Game Carried to Scottish Line From the, kick-out some fine kicking was seen between the two custodians, and finally Jack Bancroft found touch near the centre. The Welshmen had the better of the argu- ment in the line-out, but another free was j given to Scotland, and quite twenty yaj-de were gained by the kick. From the line-out Willie Trew made a mark, and Jack Ban- croft found touch near, the centre. Ivor Morgan led his,.forwards in grea.t style with a rush which took the ball to 'the Scottish goal-line, and from the ensuing scrum the ball was kicked to Trew. who passed to Bush. a,nd he tried to drop a goal, but missed by yards. Play was taken back to the Welsh 2S through some long kioking, but the Welsh forwards again came off with a magnificent dribble over the centre. The Scottish tor- wards retalia-ted with a eharaoteristn} dribble, but Bush saved the situation by picking up smartly and kicking into touch. A grand (lribble by the Welsh forwards, led by Pugsley, took play right under the Scot- tish cross-bar. The ball was heeled out to Morga,n, who passed to Bush, who made the mistake of trying to drop a. goal instead oC pa,ssing,w Trew. wen that player and Gibbs were absolutely unmarked on theright wing. Wales made another desperate effort for ai try, and Melville Baker, dashing up on the 'left win,g. seemed to have beaten Sutherland for possession over the line, and there was a. wild shout for a try, but the referee aw aided a touch-down., Wales Draws First Blood A amoment later their efforts were rewarded, Pugsley scoring from a forward rush wide ou't. The ball was placed for Jack Bancroft, who just missed by a few feet from a grand kick. M'Cullum kicked out. and ope of his comrades getting in front of the ball caused a scrum to be ordered on the Scottish 25 line. Using their feet to great advantage, the Scottish forwards broke away with a. clever dribble, which took play within ve yards of the home line, but the Welsh for. wards again came to the rescue by carrying the next scrum and dribbling down well to the centre. The play now became desperately keen. Pugsley was prominent in a forward. rush, right over the Scottish 25 line, where Shulze saved in wonderful S'tyle by picking up on the full run and I Preventing a Certain Score. The ball was heeled out from the next scrum to Willie Morgan, who failed, however, to pick it up. and Simson kicked into touch in his own 25 line. A free-kick was given to Scotland for legs up in the scrum. Nearly half the length of the gro'und was gained by the kick. The Scotsmen became dangerous through atajrting a >passing movement which took the 5 Welshmen by surprise, bui Angus failed to take the ball, a.nd Melville Baker kicked into touch. The Scots- men continued to play a strong, aggressive game in Welsh territory, and Ivor Morgan was brought out as. a fifth three-quarter, leaving only seven men in the scrum. The Scottish forwards tried hard to gain posses sion. but the Welshmen pushed them off the ball, and dribbled down to the centre. For a time the Welshmen seemed to relax their efforts, and Tennant brought off one of his famous dribbles and, threatened ¡ danger, but Baker cut across and kicked into toucBr Another magnificent' rush by the Cymric forwards carried play from goal to goal. and the forwards looked like going over in a bunch, when Simpson dived cat the ball right in the mouth of his goal. Excitement ran high when a scrum was formed five yards out, but Scotland gained relief through being given a free kick. Wales now attacked strongly. Gibbs kicked across, but again the situation was saved ¡ through Angus throwing himself on the ball Pugsley led a magnificent dribble to the Scottish line, and the ball was ipicked up by Willie Morgan, who passed to Trew, and the Welsh captain gave up at the rig-bit moment to Percy Bush. I Spiller Scored The latter gave a difficult pass to Spiller. but the Cardiff recruit took the ball cleverly, and with a fine burst through the Scottish three-quarters threw himself over the line with a very fine try. The angle was a difficult one, but Jack Bancroft, with a great kiok, converted, amid a renewed outburst of cheer- ing and the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." Trew, the Wtleh captain, shook Spiller by the hand, and he was congratulated by all bis comrades upon scoring in his first inter- national match. I Bush and Tennant Injured. A win for Wales now seemed a certainty, especially as the Welsh forwards were beat- mg the Scotchmen at their own game by showing greater cleverness with their feet, and infinitely more dash. It was only the me-ijiificent play of Cchralze. the Scottish custodian, that kept Wale-s from adding to their score. The Scotsmen were undaunted, and played as vigorously as ever. Some delay was caused through Tennant being injured in being thrown into touch. He was obliged to leave the field wit-h a damaged arm. Play was resumed without the injured player, and the Scottish forwerds dribbled over the Welsh 25 line, where Percy Bush was injured in trying to stop the rush, and was limping badly when the game. waa resumed. The game had now been in pro. gress forty-five minutes, and the referee called for the interval with play in neutral ground. I Half-Time Score I G. T. Pte. Wales 1 1 8 Scotland 0 0 0
I SECOND HALF The Welshmen were, naturally, satisfied with themselves with their comfortable lead of eight points. The ground had cut up ter- ribly, especially in front of the grand stand. I, eZ ,t w- dif&cult to stand, to say nothii of running. Frew re-started for Scotland, and Percy Bush repUed with a fine kick, which found ItoUh on the Scottish side of the meridian ilin,e. From the serum which foDowed the line-out the ball came out to Morgan, but Bush failed to take his pass, with the reoult that the Soottish forwards dribbled down to the Welsh 25 line. Pugsley led a fine forward rush in reply, and dribbled up to Shulze, who again made no mistake in picking up and saving his side from further disaster. Tennant Carried Off The Welsh forwards, packing splendidly, carried the next sorum, and dribbled over the line, but only to find the ball touched down by a Scotchman. Temnant was again injured. and had to be carried oN the field. Imme- diately the game was resumed the Welshmen rushed into Scottish territory at a terrific pace. Reggie Gibbs looked like going through until he was brought down by Angus. Short kicking by the Scottish backs enabled them to gain a lot of ground, but the advantage was only temporarily, for Spiller, breaking away after picking up in the loose, was cleaT of everybody but the full-back, who put in a huge punt, which sent the ball over the line, and there was a race for possession bet,ween Simson and Trew. The Scotsman had a long start, and was easily first, and had no difrioulty in touching down. The Welsh forwards, breaking up a. eprum. dribbled in wonderful style to the Scottish Ili ne, and Ivor Morgan looked a certain scorer until Sutherland cut aoroes from the right and, picking up the ball under the cross-bar. found touch near the Welsh 25 line. Simeon made his mark from a loose kick by one of the Welsh forwards, and found touch well over the Welsh centre line. The Scottish for- wards, although playing one man short, were putting up a great fight, M'Callunj having come out to play in place of Tennant, who was carried off the ground with a badly, damaged ankle. He was cheered by the spec- tators as he was being taken off yb a couple of sturdy countrymen. (--rU; ON qQ¡¡;J. R*'6$ io).,
Will Jones was in fine kicking form, and con- verted three tries out of five. The score of 21 points to 5 just, about represents the stato of play. Jeakine' try early in the game for the Col- lege was well deserved, but the visitors, although playing pluckily. lacked combina- tion. All the first division teams met, and the Excelsiors were beaten by the Oriental Stars by a try.' The victory was smartly obtained by Tom Thomas. (ilyn Davies (so) says James Watr-5, rhe international, who was an inte- rested spectator) is siire-to develop into a first-class custodian. The Orientals are quite proud of him. 9 I Furnace T-nited and St. Alban's have to re- play, owing to the ba.d state of the ground. Pwll defeated the Albions. The game took ?pla<? at PwH They scored through W. G Every within a.minute of the kikff. W. M. Evans converted. The out?tandtng S?ure on the Albion«' side was W. Joseph Walters, a brother of Danny Walters. '<- New Dock Stars defeated the Merry Boys by 3 tries to nil. The Boys had the assistance of some old scarlet players in G. Stagg. Rhys Williams, and Levi Howells, all of whom did well. Bryncaerau defeated Anchor Rovers in a
weLl to play T. Reardon as deputy to Bush, for Reardon has just as much olevernec-As, and 18 considerably heavier. Ewan Davies, at Portsmouth, showed his old fault of lack of determination when on the run, except on the occasion that he ecored, anri that was a lovely effort. The final score at Portsmouth was received with the same amazement at Cardiff as was the licking by the blue and bWs n'a^ers. Never mind, home a.nd home fixtures have been arranged tor next c-eason, ana thou— eweet rerenge. The defeat will also do the Cardiffians good in regard to their match with Newport next Saturday. They are sure to make all the greater effort to recover their lost prestige, and, with Newport playing in Paris next, Tuesday, perhads those speculative C'ardifflans who are laying two to one on the Taffsiders will prove very good judges. In season 1905-6. when Cardiff had only been beaten by New Zealand thev nearly went under at Leicester the week that they had played in the gay capital. It was only the sensational try by L. S. Thoamaa in the last minute that saved the match. The statement published earlier in the week that W. L. Morgan thinks of going to Aus- tralia is not well-founded. Probably the popular half-back would emigrate if it would to his ukimate advantage, but at present tB has little thoctebt of doing so. R. H. Gtem, the oaptain of the Cardiff Rox- burghs, has had to gave up the game because of & strain of the heart from which he is therms. This is a. pity. because "Bob" was a highly popal- player. Bar an accident in the meantime, J. L. wiimaanrl, the Cardiff captain, is certain to play for the blue and bLaoks against Newport next Saturday.
was converted by the heavy rain and sleet into a quagmire, and it suited the hillmen. Their forwards, admirably led by W. Mor- gan, were a tough lot, and wanted a deal of wearing down. Indeed, for tbreerparts of the game they had quite as much of the argument as the home eight. But it must be remem;bered that the latter Mr. JOHN JESPER, .Secretary of Mountain Ash R.F.C. (The Old Firm). -were weakened by the absence of men like I Pullman and Green. At inside half. too. Neath were weakened by the absence of Saon Evans. Considering the fearful state oi the ground and the heavy and greasy ball, the home threes handled well. Undoubtedly, the finest movement of the match was that which culminated in. Frank Bees's try, subiequently disallowed. In the second half the Neath captain also experienced very hard lines, for he was
knooked spinning when in the act of crossing t.he line. Presently, however, Gwilym Jones, after brilliant pa-Fsins, crossed with a fine try. Thait- and a penalty goal by Jack Brem,nan were the only scores of the match. The men. on the home side who distin- guished themselves were F. Rees, Tom Davies, G. Jones, and Trevor John; Jack Brendan a.nd Fred David, Lloyd and Tom Thomas. )
tion, is smart at grasping the whole situation and turning opportunities to the very best account. He is a brother of Harry Uzzell. the speedy and clever forward-cum-three-quarter of the Newport First XV. The Newport Seconds backs did try handling, it is true, but the ground was so hard and slippery that the passing was uncertain. When Ponty did get the ball on a couple of occasions, although pressed hard towards the touch line, he made no mistake in running for the line in characteristic fashion. The powers that be have greatly weakened Pill Reserves. By a league rule no player who has played six times for a senior club is eligible to play in a league match, and on account of this the Reserves have lost "Fishy" Morgan (their captain, and a pivot in the quartette), J. Kerr (their full-back, who has many of the qualities of an excellent cus- todian), and Carney (a leader of the for- wards), all of whom have assisted the Pill Harriers first team with such creditable suc- cess recently that they are now no longer able to do duty with the Reserves in Mon- mouthshire Valley League games. Still, despite this adversity, the Reserves were able to make f pointless draw with Gam Vach. who tak<- second place in the league table. This brings their record up to:— Played 16 matches, drawn ?. and lost l. Th? points for the match. lost were won on onro- test, so that virtually they are still unbea-tein