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TAUMARUNUI (NZ) Wednesday (AAP). — The Aus tralian rugby union team, although making many errors, won its
second match of the New Zealand tour when it beat King Country 13-6 at Tau marunui today.
It was a scrappy and at times brawling game, but Australia had plenty o£ possession and should havo won by more.
Promising movements broke down through silly moves by the Wallaby backs, although their handling was better than in their previous matches.
The Wallabies revelled
in the hard, dry condi tions, and looked dan gerous whenever they ran with the ball.
The King Country team was not over-endowed with finesse, but its bruising tac tics upset the Australians frequently.
A blood-stained Colin Meads was an inspired leader, and it was by his example that the King Country pack stayed in the
Tho match was marred by several brawls, some of which were up to 50 yards behind the play.
The Australian forwards combined a lot better than in previous games, and it was this improvement which led to their first try, when Garrick Fay broke from a ruck, charged up field, passed infield to Bob Wood, who went over in the corner.
David Rathie's try came from scrambly play in the in-goal area when he dived on to the ball after an up and-under from skipper Greg Davis.
Scorers: Australia: R. N. Wood, D. S. Rathie tries; R. L. Fairfax, conversion and a penalty. King Coun try: A. Gordon, two pen alties.