1912–13 South Africa rugby union tour

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South Africa on tour in 1912 — 1913
destination: Europe
Type P W D L
Total: 27 24 0 3
Test match: 5 5 0 0
South Africa against Test match opponents
Opp. P W D L
 Scotland 1 1 0 0
 Ireland 1 1 0 0
 England 1 1 0 0
 Scotland 1 1 0 0
 France 1 1 0 0
The England and South Africa teams for their Test match at Twickenham.

The 1912–13 South Africa rugby union tour was a collection of friendly rugby union games undertaken by the South Africa national rugby union team against England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France. The tour also took in several matches against British and Irish club, county and invitational teams. This was the second South African tour of the Northern Hemisphere, after the very successful 1906 tour.

Although not managing to win all the matches on the tour, the Springboks managed to win all five test matches against international opposition. Billy Millar was the tour captain even though he was the last person chosen for the tour and was not the selectors' choice of captain, but they were over-ruled by the South African Rugby Board.[1] Millar did have the advantage of being one of the few players to have toured Britain in the previous test, but was seen by the hosts as a fiery character and was not as popular with the players or fans as the 1906's tour captain, Paul Roos.[2] The other two members of the squad to have played in the 1906 tour were vice-captain Fred 'Uncle' Dobbin and Doug Morkel.

In the touring party were two sets of brothers; Richard, Freddie and John Luyt and Gerhard and Jack Morkel.[2]

Results[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score
Match 1 1912 Somerset XV Bath Won 24–3
Match 2 1912 Devon XV Exeter Won 8–0
Match 3 10 October 1912 Cornwall XV Redruth Won 15–6
Match 4 12 October 1912 Monmouthshire Recreation Ground, Pontypool Won 16–0
Match 5 17 October 1912 Glamorgan XV Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Won 35–3
Match 6 19 October 1912 Llanelli RFC Stradey Park, Llanelli Won 8–7
Match 7 24 October 1912 Newport RFC Rodney Parade, Newport Lost 3–9
Match 8 1912 London XV Blackheath Won 12–8
Match 9 1912 United Services Portsmouth Won 18–16
Match 10 1912 East Midlands XV Northampton Won 14–5
Match 11 1912 Oxford University RFC Oxford Won 6–0
Match 12 1912 Midland Counties XV Leicester Won 25–3
Match 13 1912 Cambridge University R.U.F.C. Cambridge Won 24–0
Match 14 1912 London XV Blackheath Lost 8–10
Match 15 1912 North of England Newcastle Won 17–0
Match 16 23 November 1912 SCOTLAND Inverleith, Edinburgh Won 16–0
Match 17 1912 West of Scotland Glasgow Won 38–3
Match 18 30 November 1912 IRELAND Lansdowne Road, Dublin Won 38–0
Match 19 1912 Ulster XV Belfast Won 19–0
Match 20 1912 North of England Birkenhead Park Won 21–8
Match 21 14 December 1912 WALES Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Won 3–0
Match 22 19 December 1912 Neath RFC The Gnoll, Neath Won 8–3
Match 23 21 December 1912 Cardiff RFC Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Won 7–6
Match 24 26 December 1912 Swansea RFC St Helen's, Swansea Lost 0–3
Match 25 1912 Gloucestershire XV Bristol Won 11–0
Match 26 4 January 1913 ENGLAND Twickenham, London Won 9–3
Match 27 11 January 1913 FRANCE Le Bouscat, Bordeaux Won 38–5

Touring party[edit]

Full back[edit]

Three-quarters[edit]

Half-backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

The matches[edit]

Monmouthshire[edit]

12 October
Monmouthshire (historic) Monmouthshire XV 0–16 South Africa South Africa
Try: Mills (2)
F Luyt
van Vuuren
Con:Wrentmore (2)
Recreation Ground, Pontypool
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: TD Schofield Wales(Bridgend, Wales)

Monmouthshire: HA James (Abertillery), W Davies (Brynmawr), J Wetter (Newport), R Plummer (Newport), WJ Thomas (Abertillery), E Marsh (Abertillery), R Lloyd (Pontypool), Rees Thomas (Pontypool), F Talbot (Pontypool), E Stephens (Pontypool), T Davies (Pontypool), F Andrews (Pontypool), J Webb (Abertillery), J Hennessy (Rhymney), J Williams (Newport)

South Africa: PG Morkel, EE McHardy, WA Krige, FJ Dobbin, MJ Mills, FP Luyt, GM Wrentmore, ET Delaney, EH Shum, SH Ledger, AS Knight, TF van Vuuren, LH Louw, ET Delaney, WA Millar (capt.)

Glamorgan[edit]

17 October
Wales Glamorgan XV 3–35 South Africa South Africa
Try: B Lewis Try: Stegmann (4)
Mills
D Luyt
F Luyt
van Vuuren
Con:F Luyt
Pen: D Morkel
Drop: D Luyt
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: AO Jones England(Leicester, England)

Glamorgan: P Howells (Penarth), G Heslop(Penarth), T Evans (Cardiff), William Davies (capt.) (Swansea), B Lewis (Swansea), J Rogers (Cardiff), Clem Lewis (Cardiff),W Jenkins (Cardiff), E Mithan (Cardiff), Bob Hayward (Llwynypia), W Hopkins (Aberavon), Harry Hiams (Llanelli), Glyn Stephens (Neath), T Williams (Swansea), T Morgan (Swansea)

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, MJ Mills, FP Luyt, JH Immelman, ET Delaney, TF van Vuuren, WH Morkel, AS Knight, JAJ Francis, G Thompson, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)

Llanelli[edit]

19 October
Wales Llanelli 7–8 South Africa South Africa
Try: J Evans
Drop: Hiams
Try: van der Hoff
J Morkel
Con: J Morkel
Stradey Park
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Gil Evans England(Birmingham, England)

Llanelli: F Rees, J Evans, W Watts, J Owen Davies, E Thomas, L Bennett, D Lloyd, S Phillips, G Evans, R Williams, DM Job, AJ Stacey (capt.), J Morgan, H Hiams, T Williams

South Africa: JJ Meintjies, EE McHardy, WA Krige, JWH Morkel, FJ Dobbin (capt.), JD McCulloch, EH Shum, SN Cronje, SH Ledger, JAJ Francis, LH Louw, A van der Hoff, JS Braine, JD Luyt, G Thompson

Newport[edit]

24 October
Wales Newport 9–3 South Africa South Africa
Try: Birt
Con:Birt
drop: Birt
Try: D Morkel
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 18,300
Referee: F.C. Potter-Irwin England(London, England)

Newport: H Wreford, Billy Geen, Walter Martin capt., J Wetter, Fred Birt, Reg Plummer, Tommy Vile, Jack Beames, J Williams, Harry Wetter, C Anderson, A Bell, R Dibble, Harry Uzzell, AR Williams

South Africa: JJ Meintjies, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, GM Wrentmore, A van der Hoff, FP Luyt, JH Immelman, ET Delaney, JS Braine, JD Luyt, AS Knight, TF van Vuuren, G Thompson, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)

Scotland[edit]

23 November
 Scotland 0–16 South Africa South Africa
Try: Stegmann (2)
McHardy
WH Morkel
Con: D Morkel
G Morkel
Inverleith
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: F.C. Potter-Irwin England(London, England)

Scotland: Walter Dickson, Walter Sutherland, Alex Angus, AW Gunn, James Pearson, JL Boyd, Eric Milroy, Patrick Blair, Lewis Robertson, WDCL Purves, David Howie, David Bain, JMB Scott, J Dobson, FH Turner capt.

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, EE McHardy, FP Luyt, FJ Dobbin capt., JD Luyt, SH Ledger, G Thompson, TF van Vuuren, JAJ Francis, DFT Morkel, WH Morkel, AS Knight


Ireland[edit]

30 November
 Ireland 0–38 South Africa South Africa
Try: Stegmann (3)
McHardy (3)
J Morkel (2)
Francis
Millar
Con: G Morkel (3)
JD Luyt
Landsdowne Road
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: F.C. Potter-Irwin England(London, England)

Ireland: CP Stuart, R Watson, GW Holmes, JB Minch, M Abraham, RA Lloyd capt., HM Read, G. S. Brown, RB Burgess, SBB Campbell, H Moore, C Adams, R d'A Patterson, FG Schute, JJ Clune

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, EE McHardy, FP Luyt, FJ Dobbin, WA Millar capt., SH Ledger, G Thompson, TF van Vuuren, JAJ Francis, DFT Morkel, WH Morkel, AS Knight


Wales[edit]

14 December
 Wales 0–3 South Africa South Africa
Pen: D Morkel
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: F.C. Potter-Irwin England(London, England)

Wales: Bobbie Williams (Cardiff), Billy Geen (Newport), Fred Birt (Newport), Billy Spiller (Cardiff), Reg Plummer (Newport), Horace Thomas (Swansea), Tommy Vile (Newport) (capt.), F Andrew (Pontypool), Rees Thomas (Pontypool), F Perrett (Neath), Glyn Stephens (Neath), Percy Jones (Newport), Harry Wetter (Newport), Bert Hollingdale (Swansea), Jack Morgan (Llanelli)

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, EE McHardy, FP Luyt, FJ Dobbin, JAJ Francis, JD Luyt, AS Knight, TF van Vuuren, G Thompson, WH Morkel, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)

Neath[edit]

19 December
Wales Neath 3–8 South Africa South Africa
Try: Richards Try: Van der Hoff
W Morkel
Con: D Morkel
The Gnoll
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: R.G. Smith England(Bristol, England)

Neath: G Gethin, H Richards, G Rees, T Owen Jones, T John, F Rees, S Evans, F David (capt.), T Jenkins, F Perrett, W Hopkins, J Pullman, W Davies, G Stephens, TC Lloyd

South Africa: PG Morkel, A van der Hoff, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, MJ Mills, FP Luyt, JH Immelman, EH Shum, JAJ Francis, ET Delaney, AS Knight, WH Morkel, G Thompson, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)

Cardiff[edit]

21 December
Wales Cardiff 6–7 South Africa South Africa
Try: Spiller
Pen: Rogers
Pen: D Morkel
Drop: J Morkel
Cardiff Arms Park
Referee: J.H. Miles England(Leicester, England)

Cardiff: RF Williams, W Bowen, Billy Spiller (capt.), T Evans, WT Grassmore, Clem Lewis, J Rogers, WJ Jenkins, C Palmer, A Barker, JS Michael, J Birch, F Gaccon, T Mithan, A Green

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, EE McHardy, FP Luyt, JH Immelman, FJ Dobbin, JAJ Francis, JD Luyt, AS Knight, TF van Vuuren, G Thompson, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)

Swansea[edit]

26 December
Wales Swansea 3–0 South Africa South Africa
Try: Thomas
St Helens
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: James Greenlees Scotland(Scotland)

Swansea: D Williams, Howell Lewis, WJ Trew (capt.), T Williams, F Williams, O Jenkins, Sidney Jerram, E Morgan, David John Thomas, B Williams, Tom Morgan, B Hollingdale, G Evans, H Moultan, G Hayward

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, WJ Mills, FP Luyt, FJ Dobbin, SH Ledger, JAJ Francis, JD Luyt, AS Knight, WH Morkel, G Thompson, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)

England[edit]

4 January
 England 3–9 South Africa South Africa
Try: Poulton Try: J Morkel
Pen: D Morkel (2)
Twickenham
Attendance: 29,000
Referee: J.T. Tulloch Scotland(Scotland)

England: William Johnston, Cyril Lowe, FM Stoop, RW Poulton, VHM Coates, W. J. A. Davies, WI Cheesman, JAS Riston, Norman Wodehouse, SEJ Smart, JA King, LG Brown, AL Kewney, Jenny Greenwood, CH Pillman

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, RR Luyt, JWH Morkel, EE McHardy, FP Luyt, JD McCulloch, SH Ledger, JAJ Francis, EM Shum, AS Knight, WH Morkel, TF van Vuuren, DF Morkel, WA Millar (capt.)


France[edit]

11 January
 France 5–35 South Africa South Africa
Try: Bruneau
Con: André
Try: Francis
Ledger
R Luyt
McHardy (2)
D Morkel (2)
J Morkel
W Morkel
Con: D Morkel (2)
J Morkel (2)
Pen: D Morkel
Le Bouscat
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: W Williams England(England)

France: FB J Caujolle, G Andre, M Bruneau, J Sentilles, P Jaureguy, A Chatau, M Hedembaigt, P Mauriat, JR Pascarel, H Tilh, P Mouniq, M Leuvielle capt., M Legrain, F Forgues, M Communeau

South Africa: PG Morkel, JA Stegmann, JWH Morkel, RR Luyt, E McHardy, J Immelman, J McCulloch, D Morkel, T van Vuuren, A Knight, W Morkel, SH Ledger, JAJ Francis, WA Millar capt., J Luyt

Bibliography[edit]

  • Billot, John (1974). Springboks in Wales. Ferndale, Glamorgan: Ron Jones Publications. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billot (1974), pg 70.
  2. ^ a b Billot (1974), pg 71.