1947-48 Season

P W D L Pts. For Pts. Ag. T P D C
44 27 3 14 398 304 75 25 8 33

CAPTAIN : REES WILLIAMS
MOST APPEARANCES : 41 (FRANK WILLIAMS)
MOST TRIES : 8 (GEORGE BEYNON)
MOST POINTS : 90 (ALUN THOMAS)
NO WALES CAPS DURING SEASON

Australia defeated Swansea by 11 points to 8 on 13th December 1947 in front of 30,000 spectators. A feature of the game was a long distance try by Dil Johnson who intercepted near the Swansea line and outstripped the opposition. The captain D Glyn Davies succeeded with the conversion to add to a first half Len Davies penalty. With barely 5 minutes of play left, Swansea were leading 8-3 and it looked as if the All Whites had once again achieved an outstanding victory, as in 1908, but it was not to be. The big Australian forward Shehadie hurled himself forward over the Swansea line following a lineout which levelled the scores. then with seconds to go, the visitors snatched a famous victory.

In order for the game versus Leicester on 21 February 1948 to proceed, 60 German prisoners of war cleared snow from the pitch !


Swansea RFC 1st XV 1947-48 Season

Back Row L to R: L Davies, L Fligelstone, Cliff Prosser, W E Harris, D Ivor Saunders, D Jones, R Dobbs, W D Johnson, G Jeffries, B Evans, J Rowlands, L Blyth, G Bateman, D Hunt, T Day, Rowe Harding.
2nd Row L to R: G Morse, O Morse, A Thomas, G Bowen, D G Davis, L Davis, G Beynon, V Davis, J Jenkins.
Front Row L to R: D Lewis, F Williams, D Jones. (Club Archive).


 

Swansea team v Australia 13 Dec. 1947, captain: D.G. Davies.


 

The Australian team that played Swansea at St Helens 13 Dec. 1947. Australia won 11 – 8. (Club Archive).


 

Match programme Swansea v Australia 13 Dec. 1947 (Club Archive)


 

 

 


 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19