1912–13 South Africa rugby union tour of Europe

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1912–13 South Africa rugby union
tour of Europe
Summary
P W D L
Total
27 24 00 03
Test match
05 05 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 Scotland
1 1 0 0
 Ireland
1 1 0 0
 England
1 1 0 0
 Wales
1 1 0 0
 France
1 1 0 0

The 1912–13 South Africa rugby union tour of Europe was a collection of friendly rugby union games undertaken by the Southafrica side 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]

Touring party[edit]

Match summary[edit]

Complete list of matches played by the Springboks in Europe:[3]

     Test matches

England and South Africa teams posing together for their Test match at Twickenham, 4 Jan 1913
# Date Rival City Venue Score
1 1912 Somerset RU Bath 24–3
2 1912 Devon RU Exeter 8–0
3 10 Oct 1912 Cornwall Redruth 15–6
4 12 Oct 1912 Monmouthshire Pontypool Recreation Ground 16–0
5 17 Oct 1912 Glamorgan Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 35–3
6 19 Oct 1912 Llanelli RFC Llanelli Stradey Park 8–7
7 24 Oct 1912 Newport RFC Newport Rodney Parade 3–9
8 1912 London Blackheath 12–8
9 1912 United Services Portsmouth 18–16
10 1912 East Midlands Northampton 14–5
11 6 Nov 1912 Oxford University RFC Oxford 6–0
12 1912 Midland Counties Leicester 25–3
13 1912 Cambridge University Cambridge 24–0
14 1912 London Blackheath 8–10
15 1912 North of England Newcastle 17–0
16 23 Nov 1912  Scotland Inverleith 16–0
17 1912 West of Scotland Glasgow 38–3
18 30 Nov 1912  Ireland Dublin Lansdowne Road 38–0
19 1912 Ulster Belfast 19–0
20 1912 North of England Birkenhead Birkenhead Park 21–8
21 14 Dec 1912  Wales Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 3–0
22 19 Dec 1912 Neath RFC Neath The Gnoll 8–3
23 21 Dec 1912 Cardiff RFC Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 7–6
24 26 Dec 1912 Swansea RFC Swansea St Helen's Ground 0–3
25 1912 Gloucestershire RU Bristol 11–0
26 4 Jan 1913  England London Twickenham Stadium 9–3
27 11 Jan 1913  France Bordeaux Le Bouscat Stadium 38–5

Match details[edit]

Monmouthshire[edit]

12 October
Monmouthshire 0–16 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
Glamorgan RFC 3–35 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
Llanelli RFC 7–8 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
Newport RFC 9–3 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
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
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
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 Andrews (Pontypool), Rees Thomas (Pontypool), F Perrett (Neath), Glyn Stephens (Neath), Percy Jones (Newport), Harry Wetter (Newport), Bert Hollingdale (Swansea), Johnnie 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
Neath RFC 3–8 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
Cardiff RFC 6–7 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
Swansea RFC 3–0 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
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 Ritson, 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
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.
  3. ^ South Africa tour, 1912-13|Match results on ESPN Scrum