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NAPIER, NZ, Sun day (AAP). — The touring Wallabies rugby team played one of its worst gam.es yes terday to go down to Hawke's Bay 14-15.
Hawke's Bay, three years ago the top represen tative side in New Zea land, was far from its best when, it took the field to day, but was still £ood enough to beat the visi
Australian fly half Rus sell Fairfax, billed as the side's wonder boy, made mistake after mistake.
He was given a last chance to make good when Jeff McLean scored in the last minute. The game rested on his abil ity to convert the try, he failed. The Wallabies lacked cohesion and it was riot until the final minute that they showed any real determination and ability.
The half-time score
was 10-9 to (he Walla bies.
The Wallabies lost half back Garry Grey after 21
minutes when he went off with a sprained ankle and was replaced by John Cornes, who did a great job.
Winger Jeff McLean had the chance to show his speed for the first time on the tour and he was rewarded with two tries.
Wallaby centre David L'estrange and David Rathie both had their moments and John Cole on the other wing had a good game.
The Australian scorers were: McLean two tries, Arlhur McGill one try, McLean one conversion.
Scorers for Hawke's Bay were: Geoff Martin try and drop R.oal, Paul Carney two penalties and
It was announced today that there would be no changes in the New Zeal and team to play Austra lia in the second Test at Christchurch on Saturday.
The team was an
nounced in Wellington by the chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Mr J. Sullivan, and, at Napier by the chairman of selec tors, Mr Ivan Vodanovich.
First choice for five eighth, Bob Burgess, is still unavailable because of illness.
The team for Saturday beat the Wallabies last week by 29 points to six.
The team is: Full back Trevor Morris; three quar ters Bryan Williams, Bruce Robertson, Duncan Hales; five eighths, Mike Parkin son, John Dougan; half back, Sid Going. Number eight, Alan Sutherland; flankers, Ian Kirkpatrick (captain) and Alistair Scown. Lock, Peter Whit ing and Sam Strahan. Front row, Graham Whit ing, Tane Norton, Jeff Matheson; reserves, Lin Colling, Graeme Sims, Phil Gard, Richie Guy, Alex Wyllie, Ron Urlich.
The Australian Test team will be announced after the match with Nelson's Bay on Tuesday,