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Daily Telegraph article Round 2 1947,  20 April 1947
Copy kindly provided by Glen Thorpe (16 matches 1954/55)


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.

Ryan showed fair form, although he was twice outwitted and beaten for pace by Johnny Bliss, who will also leave for England during the season.

Newtown 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).