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FOOTBALL.

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FOOTBALL. ALL WHITES AT NEWPORT STERN STRUGGLE AT RODNEY PARADE. ALL WHITES EMERGE WITH TRIUMPH. VILE ORDERED OFF: DESPERATE PLAY. SWANSEA TEAM AND REFEREE HOOTED. VIGOROUS EFFORT TO WRECK THE RECORD. Swansea's visits to Newport are not per- haps regarded in Abertawe with quite that degree of trepidation excited by encounters at the Cardiff Arms Park. The fact ts. Newport's form away from home is, if any- thing, a trifle better than it is at Rodney Parade. This is curious, but those who witnessed matches between the two clubs for the past dozen seasons or so will bear this out. This does not mean to say that Swansea find it an "easier journey" on one ground more than another. It is just as though Newport, on their visits to St. Helen's, laid themselves out purposely for the oeeMion, and played above form. This may be because of painful recollections of t certain big score run up against tliein seasons ago on the Swansea enclosure. Any- flow, to-day the Newportians were looking to the Blaek and Ambers to avenge the last defeat at Rodney Parade at the hands of the All Whites. Newport's forwards hid, the preview Saturday, shown sensational I form against the South Africans, and we in I Swansea looked forward with misgivings to the show of their "ups." Judge of the mutual surprise when Serine, Joseph and I Co. rose to the occasion in unmistakfeable fashion, and on the day's form thoroughly bested the home eight. It was only when too late to affect the situation that the Newportians really played up to form, and Switfiaea ha4 by then scored two tries. Swansea folk to-day thought it was too oreeh to hope that a similar state of affairs would ensue, and this fear was not miti- gated by the indifferent show given tf $waneea on Pecember 8th, when the game pndod in A POINTLESS DRAW A POINTLESS DRAW with the Uskside supporters claiming thev bad the better of the play. Tracing the re- cords between the two sides back Tom October, 1887, up to December 8th, 1906, inclusive. 64 matches bare been played be- tween them. Of these S^wnsoa have won 26 and lost 26, tbe remainder being drawn. Thus, Abertewe aTe only one behind with regard to the number of victories for that period. The number of matches won by the Usksiders by dropped goals was four. It is noteworthy that the All Whites have out-classed Newport for several seasons Past. as from January 23rd, 1904, up to Eaoewber 8th, 1906, twelve matches have been played, of which Swansea won nine, whilst Newport only secured one victory. But paper form of the past was no real cri- terion to judge the respective merits of teams, and the Swansea record was cer- tainly in danger at Newport to-day. If this was the situation at home, what grounds were there for any pronounced op- timism op the part of Swanseaites to-day? Very little, taking into consideration the added fact that the forwards would be weakened by the abstention of D. J. Thorrfas, Ivor Morgan and Hiams How- ever, it was hoped that Swansea's clever- ness behind would be able to carry the day, with the ground in anything like con- dition to afford a semblance of sure footing. The Uskside ground had been covered with straw at what was practically the eleventh hour—on Friday evening—and the ram and thaw overnignt was hoped to render it In playing condition by the time the Swan- sea team were ready to make a start. Teams:— SWANSEA.—Back, J. Bancroft; three- ¡ quarters, W. Trew, Llew Davies, P. Hop- bae, and W. Arnold; half-backs, R. M. T? and H. Toft; forwards, W. Joseph, F. Serine, A. Smith, H. Hunt, D. Davies, Geo. Hayward, W. J. Davies, and Edgar Morgan. NEWPORT.—Back, D. J. Boots; three- quarters, W. Thomas, R. B. Griffiths, Sid ^darns, a.nd A. Davies; half-backs, T. H. Vile ajid Cliff Francis; forwards, C. Ja. Pritchard, E. Thomas, G. Boots, J. J. Hodges, E. Jenkins, Gus Jones, W. Webb, and Casey. Referee: Mr. R. J. Auckland (Cardiff.) ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY EX- CURSIONISTS FROM SWANSEA. One hundred and twenty persons left Swansea by the mid-day excursion for New- port. The ground looked, and was, soft. In f&ct, it was apparent ere the game had started the going would be very heavy, and in no wise favourable to Swansea. It had been decided about eleven o'clock that tho ground was playable, and Newport people, becoming acquainted with the fact, flocked to the ground in large numbers, and the gate in spite of the uncertainty prevailing ear'y in the morning looked like being a considerable one. There were no changes In either side, beyond those announced in ii. 1 on Fri<lay evening. Owing to the doubt, a* to the match coming off less than two hundred persons journeyed from Swansea, but there was a considerable *>n- tmgent of Cardiffians, wV), with no match on the Arms Park, and with the Leicester match scratched, seized the opportunity Ol wwng some class football. and patronised the ordinaries very largely, Prior to th sta.rt the Newport Town Band played some Popular melodies. Trew led on his men a garter of an hour late, at 3.25, and bv t.his time there would be about 8,000 people l Present. The Biack and Ambers received i I big reception, and there was a general Paction of a DEFEAT OF THE TM^TNCIBLE ALL WHITES. Pritchard kicked off, and Phil Hopkins, failing to field the ball under difficulties. Newport got to the Swansea twenty-five. Fmm here the homesters heeled and he ball went swiftly to Francis, and he sent <*nt to his centre, and Alby Davies, cprint- rog.for all he was worth, was brought Town witn a will by Willie Amolad. who jjnade no mistake whatever about his man. *t was apparent thus earlv that the ground SwSa«Tmg^> in 3 ff>arfnI condition. rfSwS j °ff Phi1 Hopkins nnd Ttpw but tJ.¡1" ,c:;t.at.f' of the br ♦Z difficult. Spurred by the crowd's shouts. Newnort. through T^the Pressure ^e Usk- V W"trC aga,n- Scrine was T r°^T- onlv tempor- showing of to "W e, their tek, Y'^ad to KP a,sist^ ,rnm the field with a blow over the eye, and Gus Jones took his place. Swansea sdn felt the effect of the lesser weight, in the pa.ck aTnin«t them, fnd brought off n l)je nif5i, to ♦V Newport ^TTit-ory, Joseph and Hunt a trreat. dribble wrnch out the home Soal in Jeopardy. The A n WhHes> M1Sh"r1 h'1nq on to the home lire. and Owen made 3 rv^" ft. rlncVi tbf> ""vhiVh linked have sneceeded, bnt i+- had not. Llew. "vi- tbri attempted a drop for goal from },.pfoTo the pests, but 'he ball bumped against a Newport man and a fine chance J. was lost to the visitors, who were now hav- f ing the better of the play. Boots raised the siege, but Swansea still remained' in the Uskside quarters. The Newport forwards, were adapting themselves to the state of the ground, and brought off another rush, carrying pday to the centre, whore the Swansea eight were also doing all that was required of them. The Uskside backs were hard pressed by a headlong burst of the. visiting "ups," wno were not pulled up till Alby Davies kicked high in the air in a hurry and NEARLY LET WILLIE ARNOLD IN. the latter following up at top-speed. Swan- sea were pressing again, Toft getting; r.e heavy ball away with difficulty, and the leather was kicked along to Llew. Davies who followed up magnificently amid a bunch of Newport men, and he put in a fine screw kick. The ball went. to the Newport twenty-five, and from here a really brilliant movement came off. Owen got the ball su- perbly to Toft, and he sent to his centre The captain outstripped his opponent in characteristic fashion and gave to Phil Hop- kins, who raced over in the corner with A WELL-DESERVED TRY, which Bancroft did not convert ,the bad hardly rising. Encouraged by the shouts of the home crowd, the Newport forwards' took up the running on the restart and loud cheers were raised when it was observed that Vile was resuming his position. it's presence brought no tangible result. In fact, Swansea went at it again. It was through Jack Bancroft, who, seizing the leather under difficulties, evaded all opposi- tion and kicked hard down the field from beyond midway. The following up was great, and Gus Jones, who had come round in a hurry was overhauled and laid down by the Swansea custodian and Serine jointly. Swansea continued the pressure, a.nd their all round work at this stage was far superior to the homesters, and as outcome of a persistent attack te ia. came out right in front of the 1 goal and S-rine. joining in the attack; with three others ready to score in case of ai PLUNGED OVER WITH A TRY which proved up to the hilt his resource ness. The ball had been planted between the posts, and Jack Bancroft had no ditt culty in sending it through the upi^g the accompaniment of groat ch the Swansea trippers. A change over the scene. The Newport forwards se- cerned the ball and got down to the bwan- sea territory. The leather came out to their backs, and Gus Jones, who was acting as rover in opposition to Serine, sent a long shot for goal, and to the uproarious delight of the homesters the ball sailed towards the uprights. It struck the cross-bar, how- ever, and the great chance of Newport went wrong. It was now to all intents and pur- poses a tussle between seven forwards, lor each side had a rover out. Newport pressed but R. B. Griffiths held on too long, with a decent opening, and was easily tackled. Plav was now all in Swansea s quartets. rho home forwards played desperately, but superior speoo. of the Swansea ba^.s stood the visitors in good stead, and when they next secured the ball they sent it down the field with a vengeance. The crowd new be- gan barracking the referee, who was fairness itself—from. Cardiff, too- Newport were penalised for offside play and this increased the mild uproar, play going into the home quarters onoe more, where Swansea, play- iPCT as "n" man. get- down to near the home line. Both sets of bsclts, however, found going very heavy. Then came another sen- sation. Serine secured tho ball. and tricking all opposition, ran towards tbe home rroal. He iver.t as far as b° could Tvi+h f.t.v and handed to Lew. Davies who had little to do but race to the line and FALL ON THE BALL UNDER THE GOAL-POSTS. It was a superb effort and Bancroft put the finishing touch on the rriovement which was a credit to Welsh football. Half-time was called shortly afterwards with Swansea 13 points ahead and the better team all round. Half-time Score: Swansea—2 goals J. Newport—Nil. *•' J-' ■*«- ••• —' HOW THE GAME WENT SECOND HALT Joseph kicked off in the second half and the return saw play rest on the New- port side of half-way. The All Whites were now nearly like All Blacks, so plenti- fully were they dubbed with the generoas Uskside mud. Thanks to Owen and Hop- kins the visitors went to nea.r the Ne«v- j port line, where Serine got overwhelmed; in attempting to open out the play. Boots | was then knocked out, but resumed. Gus Jones headed a Newport relieving move- ment, but,Jack Bancroft was as usual at: home, ancrbooted the leather with effect to the centre again. Newport were now with- out the services of Francis, who had to re- tire, and Gus Jones was playing outside half in his etead. Do what they couij Newport could not get awav, and the ball again came out to the Swansea backs .'ld Phil Hopkins made a big dive for the line, but Willie Thomas na.iled him with but i yard to go. It was a narrow squeak for Newport- The All Whites still pressed, and exhibited far better finesse in all stages of play. Their forwards wheeled the scrums magnificently, and went away to the corner flag in a body. Newport, raised to despera- tion, strove bard to get away, but Owen slung the ball out in the thick of a grOlp of rushing opponents to Arnold, who more than regained the lost territory. A mo- ment later, Owen was conspicuous by some lightning defence work, and Swansea pressed once more. Right down to the Newport line they went and some fearfully hot work was witnessed both on the de- fenoe and offence. A scrum was formed at the homo twenty-five and from here a sensational bit of play was witnessed. The home forwards, profiting by the failure of the visiting three-quarters to properly handle the greasy leather, and R. B. Grif- fiths and Alby Davies got the ball at their toes and dribbled amid frantic chering for half the length of the field right to the Swansea twenty-five. Here they were pulled up in the nick of time by Bancroft and Trew. Play rested for a while on the visi- tors' ride of the halfway line and some des- perately hard play ensued. Newport en- deavoured by all the means in their power to forge ahead, Swansea in their turn play- ing for all they were worth to get into Usk- side territory once more, but the home for- wards were now finding their feet well in their own mud. in spite of Gus Jones' ab- sence. and all the play was now confined to each s.d. of "ups." By footwork. Newrnrt got back into Swansea's quarters and a line- out took place at the All Whites' twentv- five. Here a stoppage ocourred through "Mumbles" Davies being injured by a kick on the leg. This was perilously near Swan- sea's line and Newport attacked hotly. The h,1} went out to tbÙ backs and R B Grif- ¡ fiths. after the ball had got temporarily out of hand through Hopkins failing 'o mark, seized it and WAS AWARDED A TRY, much to the deafening satisfaction of tho home ciowd. Boots failed to convert. Swansea s lead was now reduced to ten points, but they went at it again and Edgar Morgan was conspisuous for some sterling work in tbe open. Newport, however re- sisted all efforts of the visitors to get go- ing. "Mumbles Navies returned, and a fierce scrum was fought out in Swansea s twenty-five, all departments of the home side striving very hard to do something towards an effort at equalising, although the at- tempt looked hopeless Jack Bancroft gamely saved at the feet of his opponents, after Gus Jones had dribbled near Swansea's line The homesters maintained the pre- sure, and it looked any odds on their soor- ing From this on play was fast and fur- ious, and not a few fouls were witnessed So desperate did play become that it came as no surprise to see VILE THE HOME INSIDE HALF. ORDERED OFF I ■the field, for, it was alleged, deliberately kicking an opponent. Newport strove very hard indeed to score, but play remained nt the centre when the whistle went leaving the All Whites well deserved victors by 13 points to 3. Both referee and Swansea I team were vigorously booed on leaving :be field. FINAL SCORE SWANSEA-2 goa.1s 1 try. NEWPORT-1 try.

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