March 9 - 1889 NZ 'Natives' 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.

Davey Gage - try scorer



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.