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Wallabies beat combined side
G1SBORNE, N Z, Tuesday. - The Aus tralian rugby union
team beat the com bined Poverty Bay East Coast team at
Rugby Park today,
In a rather scrappy game in which neilhcr set of hacks was able to move freely, ihe combined side had the better of the first half, hut faded in the sec ond, which the Australians dominated.
Flying Wallaby winger Jeff McLean, scored J 4 of Australia's points - a try, two conversions and two penalty goals. He missed two kicks in the sccond half, however, which would normally have been relatively easy for him.
A lasl-mintile try to Ihe combined side's lock, Graeme Allen, which was converted from the side line by ccntre Henry Huri wai, reduced Australia's winning margin.
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Neither side was helped by some puzzling decisions from North Auckland referee, Bob Watson. His decisions at times left all 30 players perplexed, but the Australians particularly.
Sometimes the combined backs were standing up so far at set play it seemed they would have to look over their shoulders to see their forwards. All this went unnoticed by Watsoc.
Australian full-back Rus sell Fairfax, a tour failure up to today, had a much better .came and as far as New Zealandcrs arc con cerned. he is a better full back than a five-eighth.
He was taking the ball beautifully, and several times elected to run from deep inside his own terri tory rather than kick.
Half-back Gary Grey had another great game. Many limes he got the Australians out of trouble, and he was instrumental in the fact that the crowd saw a quiet lan Kirk patrick in the second half.
The Wallabies were still
making silly mistakes. but lo offset this, the backs were doing some line things too, and in particu
lar ccntre David Burnet had a better day.
Scorers: Australia. .T. J. McLean, D. L'Estrange, D. Burnet, tries; McLean, two conversions, two pen alties. Poverty Bay-East Coast. I. A. Kirkpatrick, G. Allen, tries; H. Huri wai, conversion, three pen alties.