March 9 1889
“Natives” have good win at Widness.
Since playing England on February 16 the “Natives” had a busy programme, playing mostly every second day, sometimes (Feb. 18 & 19, Mar. 4 & 5 and again on Mar. 13 & 14) on consecutive days. Results were mixed in this period, until on March 9 against Widnes they started on a successful ten game streak, nine wins and a one all draw at Hull.
The match against Widnes, beaten by two goals and two tries to one try was one of the more comfortable wins.
London, March 10. The Maori footballers played a match against Widnes yesterday, and won easily by two goals and two tries (eight points) to one try (one point).”
“MATCH No. 65. – versus WIDNES, at WIDNES.
A great reception here, and a good game.
Score: Natives – 2 goals, 2 tries.
Widnes – 1 try.”
From “RUGBY FOOTBALL AND THE TOUR OF THE NATIVE TEAM”, compiled by T Eyton. Published 1896.P. 65.