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1933 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa

The 1933 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa and Rhodesia was a series of 23 rugby union matches played by the Australia national team in 1933.

1933 Australia rugby union tour of South Africa
Summary
P W D L
Total
23 11 01 11
Test match
05 02 00 03
Opponent
P W D L
 South Africa
5 2 0 3

Australia played a total of 23 matches, with a 5-Test series v South Africa, who won three of the five games.

Touring partyEdit

The tour manager was Dr. W. F. ('Wally') Matthews, who had previously been the team manager for the AIF rugby team which played in The King's Cup in 1919. A squad of 29 players was selected for the tour – 15 from New South Wales, 11 from Queensland, and 3 from Victoria.

With exception of two of the Victorians, the team departed Sydney aboard the "Ulysses" on Anzac Day, 25 April 1933. The remaining two players, O. J. Bridle and D. Cowper joined the vessel at Melbourne after the Wallabies had played a match against a Victorian team.

The Wallabies touring party consisted of:

  • Manager: Dr. W. F. Matthews (NSW)

Playing squad:

  • Captain: Dr. A. W. Ross (NSW)
  • Vice-captain: S. J. Malcolm (NSW)
  • F. McPhillips (NSW)
  • M. Grace (NSW)
  • J. Kelaher (NSW)
  • J. Young (NSW)
  • R. Biilmann (NSW)
  • C. Campbell (NSW)
  • R. B. Louden (NSW)
  • W. Mackney (NSW)
  • A. Hodgson (NSW)
  • G. V. Bland (NSW)
  • W. H. Cerutti (NSW)
  • E. W. Love (NSW)
  • M. F. Morton (NSW)
  • D. McLean (QLD)
  • W. Warlow (QLD)
  • J. Steggall (QLD)
  • G Bennett (QLD)
  • J. Clarke (QLD)
  • M. White (QLD)
  • W. G. White (QLD)
  • G. Cooke (QLD)
  • J. Ritter (QLD)
  • B. Doneley (QLD)
  • E. Bonis (QLD)
  • G. S. Sturtridge (VIC)
  • D. Cowper (VIC)
  • O. J. Bridle (VIC)

Match summaryEdit

Scores and results list Australia's points tally first.

 
Danie Craven scoring a try for South Africa in the first test v Australia on 8 July
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Natal 14 3 3 June 1933 Durban Tour match
Western Transvaal 20 3 7 June 1933 Potchefstroom Tour match
Witwatersrand 6 13 10 June 1933 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Tour match
Combined Pretoria XV 8 13 14 June 1933 Pretoria Tour match
Giqualand West 9 14 17 June 1933 Kimberley Tour match
Rhodesia 24 5 20 June 1933 Salisbury Tour match
Rhodesia 31 0 24 June 1933 Bulawayo Tour match
Northern District 8 16 28 June 1933 Kimberley Tour match
Western Province 9 13 1 July 1933 Cape Town Tour match
South Africa 3 17 8 July 1933 Cape Town Test Match
North East District 31 11 12 July 1933 Aliwal North Tour match
Orange Free State 8 9 15 July 1933 Bloemfontein Tour match
South Africa 21 6 22 July 1933 Durban Test Match
Border 24 5 29 July 1933 East London Tour match
Border 13 6 2 August 1933 Queenstown Tour match
Transvaal 9 11 7 August 1933 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Tour match
South Africa 3 12 12 August 1933 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Test Match
Western Districts 21 14 16 August 1933 Oudtshoorn Tour match
Eastern Province 18 3 19 August 1933 Port Elizabeth Tour match
South Africa 0 11 26 August 1933 Port Elizabeth Test Match
South Africa 15 4 2 September 1933 Bloemfontein Test Match
Combined University 3 3 6 September 1933 Cape Town Tour match
Western Province 0 4 9 September 1933 Cape Town Tour match

Match detailsEdit

First TestEdit

8 July
South Africa   17–3   Australia
Try: Bergh (2), Craven, Osler
Con: Brand
Pen: Brand
Report Pen: Biilmann
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: V.H. Neser

Second TestEdit

22 July
South Africa   6–21   Australia
Try: Waring
Pen: Brand
Report Try: Bennett, Cerutti,
Loudon, Sturtridge
Con: Biilmann (3)
Pen: Biilman
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: V.H. Neser

Third TestEdit

12 August
South Africa   12–3   Australia
Try: MM Louw, Turner
Con: Brand
Pen: Osler
Report Try: Cowper
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: V.H. Neser

Fourth TestEdit

26 August
South Africa   11–0   Australia
Try: SC Louw, White
Con: Osler
Pen: Brand
Report
Crusader's Ground, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: A.W. van der Horst

Fifth TestEdit

2 September
South Africa   4–15   Australia
Pen: Brand
Report Try: Bridle, Kelaher, Steggall
Con: Ross
Drop: Cowper
Springbok Park, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: V.H. Neser

BibliographyEdit

  • Vivian Jenkins, ed. (1979). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1979–80. Rothmans Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-354-09087-9.

ReferencesEdit