This first tour undertaken by England to South Africa was organised with a demanding schedule, although with only one Test Match. Within two weeks and three days, seven matches were to be played, the first four at sea level, and the final three, including the Test Match, at the altitude in the highveld with only two days to acclimatise before a demanding fixture against Northern Transvaal. From the outset, under captain John Pullin and the management of Alec Lewis and John Elders, there was a buoyant and optimistic spirit in the squad, as if they were determined to erase the memories of the last few seasons of undistinguished English performances.
Piet Greyling led a combination of Springboks who seemed hopelessly unsure of themselves. Dawie Snyman collected all the South African points with three penalties while England, with unspectacular competence, grabbed every scoring chance. Fullback Sam Doble converted a try by wing Alan Morley and also booted four penalties.
South Africa: Ray Carlson, Sid Nomis, Tonie Roux, Joggie Jansen, Gert Muller, Dawie Snyman, Joggie Viljoen, Albie Bates, Jan Ellis, Piet Greyling (c), John Williams, Piet du Plessis, Sakkie Sauermann, Piston van Wyk and Nic Bezuidenhoudt