December 24 1888

“Natives” have first win in Wales

Only two days after playing Wales the “Native” team fronted again, this time 5 – 0 against Swansea. But information on the match is hard to find.

 

Patrick Keogh - try scorer.

“THE MAORI FOOTBALLERS.

London, December 24,

In the match against Swansea, the Maori football team won by a goal and two tries to nothing.”

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=AS18881227.2.15.8&cl=&srpos=0&e=——-10–1—-0–&st=1

 

 

“MATCH No. 34.—versus SWANSEA, AT SWANSEA, DECEMBER 24.
Getting accustomed to the four three-quarter-back play, we secured rather an easy victory here.

Score: Natives—1 goal, 2 tries.
Swansea—Nil.

From Swansea the team travelled to Newport, and took quarters at the King’s Head Hotel.”

From “RUGBY FOOTBALL AND THE TOUR OF THE NATIVE TEAM”, compiled by T Eyton. Published 1896.P. 44.

 

“On Christmas Eve the team gained their first Welsh win with a convincing performance against Swansea in which McCausland, Elliot and Keogh scored tries.”

From “Forerunners of the All Blacks” by Greg Ryan. Published 1993 by Canterbury University Press. P.78.


The teams.