St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - 1933 Wallaby Rugby Tour of South Africa - Third Test
1933 Wallaby Rugby Tour of South Africa - Third Test
The fourth international match which gave the Springboks the rubber was disappointing.
August 26, 1933 - Port Elizabeth
For some unknown reason the Wallabies played without any life. Whether Bulman’s injury earlier on had something to do with it, or the magnificent display of the Springbok forwards is hard to tell.
The fact remains that the score of 11 - 0 by no means flattered the Springboks. It could have been much more. Apart from this the Springboks were forced to play with a disorganised team.
During a practice game on the Thursday prior to the international match the Springboks had a practice game in which Venter and Turner were injured. It was left till Friday to decide whether they would be able to play. Late Friday afternoon the doctors advised against them playing.
Fortunately seventeen players had been assembled for the international match, and a team could be selected from them.
This necessitated a reshuffle: White and Brand were the wings, Bunny Reid fullback, Craven centre and De Villiers scrum-half. This “new” team did not do badly. It took them some time to settle down, but in the seventeenth minute sparkling play gave them their first try.
De Villiers broke round a scrum and gave to Boy Louw who kicked the ball high. Cowper caught the ball, but Smollan with a lengthy divetackle brought him down. The ball rolled loose and Jimmy White with another characteristic dive got to the ball first. Osler converted.
After halftime De Villiers broke again and Fanie Louw barged his way over for a try. 8 - 0. The Springbok forwards at that stage were all over their opponents and pinned the Wallabies to their own line. Towards the end Brand increased the lead by a typical Brand penalty kick which he took from near the touchline and 40 yards out. Final score, 11 - 0.
Wallabys: 0 - South Africa: 11.