1903 British Lions tour to South Africa

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1903 British Lions Tour
to South Africa
Date 9 July – 12 September
Coach(es) Johnny Hammond
Tour captain(s) Scotland Mark Morrison
Test series winners  South Africa (1–0)
Top test point scorer(s) Scotland John Gillespie (4)

The 1903 British Isles tour to South Africa was the fifth tour by a British Isles team and the third to South Africa. It is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950.

Led by Scotland's Mark Morrison and managed by Johnny Hammond the tour took in 22 matches. Of the games three were test matches, played against the South Africa national rugby union team. The British Isles drew the first two test matches and lost the final encounter.

Having lost only one game out of 40 matches in the previous two tours of South Africa, the British Isles team were truly tested by the South African rugby nation on this tour. Of the 22 games played, the tourist won eleven, drew three and lost eight. Unlike past teams, the British Isles three-quarter line was not seen as the team's strongest asset and more reliance was placed in the pack. Of the backs, only Reg Skrimshire, the only Welsh player selected, was judged to have shown any true flair; while the pack failed to live up to expectations, even when led by Scottish power-house David Bedell-Sivright.

The tour included Louis Leisler Greig, who later became well known as a royal equerry, friend of George VI and became a prominent member of the far right January Club.

Touring party[edit]

  • Manager: Johnny Hammond

Results[edit]

     Test matches

Date Opponent Location Result Score
1 9 July Western Province Country Cape Town Lost 7–13
2 11 July Western Province Towns Cape Town Lost 3–12
3 13 July Western Province Cape Town Lost 4–8
4 18 July Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth Won 13–0
5 20 July Eastern Province Port Elizabeth Won 12–0
6 22 July Grahamstown Grahamstown Won 28–7
7 25 July King William's Town King William's Town Won 37–3
8 27 July East London East London, Eastern Cape Won 7–5
9 1 August Griqualand West Kimberley Lost 0–11
10 4 August Griqualand West Kimberley Lost 6–8
11 8 August Transvaal Johannesburg Lost 3–12
12 11 August Pretoria Pretoria Won 15–3
13 13 August Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg Won 15–0
14 15 August Durban Durban Won 22–0
15 19 August Witwatersrand Johannesburg Won 12–0
16 22 August Transvaal Johannesburg Lost 4–14
17 26 August  South Africa Johannesburg Draw 10–10
18 29 August Orange River County Bloemfontein Won 17–16
19 2 September Griqualand West Kimberley Won 11–5
20 5 September  South Africa Kimberley Drew 0–0
21 10 September Western Province Cape Town Drew 3–3
22 12 September  South Africa Cape Town Lost 0–8

The matches[edit]

First Test[edit]

26 August
South Africa  10–10 United Kingdom British Isles
Try: Dobbin
Frew
Con: Heatlie (2)
Try: Cave
Skrimshire
Con: Gillespie (2)
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: WP Donaldson (Scotland)

South Africa: CH Jones, DJA Morkel, WA van Renen, JD Krige, J Barry, JM Powell, FJ Dobbin, Alex Frew capt., WMC McEwan, JH Sinclair, JWE Raaff, PARO Nel, BH Heatlie, Joseph Partridge, CB Brown

British Isles: EM Harrison, IG Davidson, RT Skrimshire, LL Greig, GF Collett, JI Gillespie, PS Hancock, FM Stout, Jos. Wallace, TA Gibson, RS Smyth, A Tedford, MC Morrison capt., WP Scott, WTC Cave

Second Test[edit]

5 September
South Africa  0–0 United Kingdom British Isles
Athletic Ground, Kimberly
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: PW Day (South Africa)

South Africa: CH Jones, EAH Gibbs, S Ashley, SC de Melker, J Barry, JM Powell capt., FJ Dobbin, C Currie, HD Metcalf, JS Jackson, JWE Raaff, PARO Nel, GFT Crampton, WC Martheze, CB Brown

British Isles: RM Neill, EF Walker, RT Skrimshire, LL Greig, GF Collett, JI Gillespie, PS Hancock, FM Stout, Jos. Wallace, TA Gibson, RS Smyth, A Tedford, MC Morrison capt., WP Scott, WTC Cave

Third Test[edit]

12 September
South Africa  8–0 United Kingdom British Isles
Try: Barry
Reid
Con: Heatlie
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: JH Anderson (South Africa)

South Africa: WA van Renen, JA Loubser, HW Carolin, JD Krige, J Barry, HH Ferris, TEC Hobson, A Reid, MWC McEwan, P Roos, JW Anderson, PARO Nel, JA Botha, BH Heatlie capt., CB Brown

British Isles: RM Neill, EF Walker, RT Skrimshire, LL Greig, GF Collett, JI Gillespie, PS Hancock, FM Stout, Jos. Wallace, TA Gibson, RS Smyth, A Tedford, MC Morrison capt., WP Scott, WTC Cave

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