1924 | South Africa

Lions Rugby 1924 South AfricaThe 1924 tourists to South Africa set out under the cumbersome title of the British Isles Rugby Union Team but returned as the Lions, having picked up their nickname from the heraldic beast picked out on their official ties.

Victories, however, proved far more difficult to collect and the new-born Lions acquired the unwanted record of being the least successful British & Irish visitors to South Africa, winning nine and losing nine of the 21 matches they played. In the middle of the tour they went through a run of eight matches without a victory.

Captained by England forward Dr Ronald Cove-Smith, the visitors were again less than fully representative of the combined cream of the Home Unions, although they still included famous names such as England trio Tom Voyce, Arthur Blakiston and Arthur Young, and Ireland's 'Jammie' Clinch.

Two other factors were also working against them. Firstly, Home Unions rugby was in the doldrums at the time, while the Springboks were building towards what would be a golden era in the 1930s.

Secondly, the hard grounds devastated the Lions' slender resources, leaving them with an injury list so long they often struggled to field 15 fit players and were forced to play backs among the forwards and vice versa, with Voyce and Clinch each taking a turn at full-back. Despite their troubles, the Lions at least made a fight of the Test series, even though they ultimately lost 3-0 with one match drawn.

The tourists outscored their hosts in the second half of the opening rubber, but a first-half try and dropped goal had given South Africa a sufficient cushion to hang on for a 7-3 win. And in the second Test, the Lions were unexpectedly still in touch at the break, only for the Springboks to then run in four tries for a 17-0 win.

The third Test ended in a 3-3 draw but should have been won by the Lions, whose full-back, Dan Drysdale, missed a penalty in front of the posts that would have sealed victory. Even that blow failed to dent the enthusiasm of Cove-Smith and his men, however, and they put up another brave fight in the final Test before losing 16-9 and by four tries to two.

test
12/07/1924
West\\\'n Province Town/Countr
West\\\'n Province Town/Countr 7-6 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A West\\\'n Province Town/Countr
West\\\'n Province Town/Countr
Newlands
15/07/1924
Western Province Universities
Western Province Universities 8-9 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Province Universities
Western Province Universities
Newlands
19/07/1924
Griqualand West
Griqualand West 0-26 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Griqualand West
Griqualand West
Kimberley
24/07/1924
Rhodesia
Rhodesia 3-16 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Rhodesia
Rhodesia
Salisbury Sports Ground
30/07/1924
Western Transvaal
Western Transvaal 7-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Transvaal
Western Transvaal
Potchefstroom
02/08/1924
Transvaal
Transvaal 12-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Transvaal
Transvaal
Wanderers Ground
06/08/1924
Orange Free State Country
Orange Free State Country 6-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Orange Free State Country
Orange Free State Country
Kroonstad
09/08/1924
Orange Free State
Orange Free State 6-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Orange Free State
Orange Free State
Bloemfontein
13/08/1924
Natal
Natal 3-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Natal
Natal
Pietermaritzburg
16/08/1924 03:30
South Africa
South Africa 7-3 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Kingsmead
20/08/1924
Witwatersrand
Witwatersrand 10-6 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Witwatersrand
Witwatersrand
Wanderers Ground
23/08/1924 03:45
South Africa
South Africa 17-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Wanderers Ground
27/08/1924
Pretoria
Pretoria 6-0 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Pretoria
Pretoria
Pretoria
30/08/1924
Cape Province
Cape Province 3-13 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Cape Province
Cape Province
Kimberley
03/09/1924
North-East Districts
North-East Districts 12-20 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A North-East Districts
North-East Districts
Aliwal North
06/09/1924
Border Bulldogs
Border Bulldogs 3-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Border Bulldogs
Border Bulldogs
East London
10/09/1924
Eastern Province Kings
Eastern Province Kings 14-6 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Eastern Province Kings
Eastern Province Kings
Port Elizabeth
13/09/1924 04:10
South Africa
South Africa 3-3 British & Irish Lions
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A South Africa
South Africa
Crusaders Ground
16/09/1924
South Western Districts
South Western Districts 6-12 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Western Districts
South Western Districts
Oudtshoorn
20/09/1924 04:15
South Africa
South Africa 16-9 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A South Africa
South Africa
Newlands
25/09/1924
Western Province
Western Province 6-8 British & Irish Lions
British & Irish Lions
A Western Province
Western Province
Newlands
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
BlakistonArthur13325/09/1924
BordassJames11025/09/1924
BradleyMichael13325/09/1924
BrandNorman6023/08/1924
ClinchJames12325/09/1924
Cove-SmithRon13525/09/1924
CunninghamBill3713/09/1924
DaviesDoug14520/09/1924
DaviesHarold9725/09/1924
DrysdaleDan13325/09/1924
GaisfordWilf1020/08/1924
GriffithsVince121225/09/1924
HardingRowe14925/09/1924
HarrisStan151225/09/1924
HendersonRob7320/09/1924
HendrieKelvin9016/09/1924
HollidayTom1012/07/1924
HowieRobert16325/09/1924
KinnearRoy10020/09/1924
MacPhersonNeil16025/09/1924
Marsden-JonesDouglas12016/09/1924
MaxwellReg7316/08/1924
McVickerJames13320/09/1924
RocheWilliam12325/09/1924
RossAndrew3024/07/1924
SmithIan61523/08/1924
VoyceTommy123725/09/1924
WaddellHerbert14920/09/1924
WallaceBilly82730/08/1924
WhitleyHerbert11325/09/1924
YoungArthur9016/09/1924
Overall Stats
Played21Biggest Win26 - 0 (British & Irish Lions v Griqualand West 1924)
Total Points Scored175Most Points In A Match26 (British & Irish Lions v Griqualand West 1924)
Total Tries Scored43Most Tries In A Match8 (British & Irish Lions v Griqualand West 1924)
Total Conversions Scored10Most Conversions In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v Rhodesia 1924)
Total Penalty Goals Scored6Most Penalty Goals In A Match2 (British & Irish Lions v West\\'n Province Town/Countr 1924)
Total Drop Goals Scored2Most Drop Goals In A Match1 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 1924)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance18,000
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance103,500
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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