Daily Telegraph article Round 2 1947, 20 April 1947
Copy kindly provided by Glen Thorpe (16 matches
RYAN HELPS NEWTOWN WIN FROM MANLY
Bruce Ryan played on the left wing for Newtown at Erskineville Oval, and shared in the defeat of Manly, 33-17.
Ryan, who will leave for England in July to play with Hull, did not play in the trials, and was omitted by the selectors.
He was selected for this match only after centre Lin Mclean had informed officials that he could not play because of injury.
showed fair form, although he was twice outwitted and beaten for pace
by Johnny Bliss, who will also leave for England during the season.
were far too experienced for Manly. Three of Newtown's tries were the
result of quickly seizing chances from Manly blunders. With Frank
Johnson hooking, the backs got quick service from the scrums, and
played in copy-book style.
Len Smith, hard to pull down and
always in position, made skilful openings for Mullane. He had great
service from Bugden and Torpy, and Mullane and lockman "Chicka Cahill"
were generally in support for the reverse pass. Kennerson was a safe
full-back, fielding and kicking brilliantly.
Manly's props, Grew
and Hines, were no match for Farrell and Doran, and the forwards need
tuition in scrun and ruck work. Manly's successes were individual, most
prominent being Bliss who left the opposition standing to cross from
beyond half-way a few minutes before the bell.
Jimmy Hall, a
welterweight lock andMaddrell, half-back, worked overtime in tackling
their heavy weight opponents. Collins made only one mistake in the last
line, but centre Kellock was indecisive.
Attendance was 5370.
Newtown 33 (L. Smith 2, G. Scully 2, M. Mullane, C. Cahill, N. Jacobson tries; O. Kennerson 6 goals d. Manly 17 (M. Campbell, K. Kirkwood, J. Bliss tries; M. Gillmer 4 goals).