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
Merthyr 21 17 0 4 612 340 86
Cardiff 21 16 1 4 647 430 81
Pontypridd 20 16 0 4 714 357 78
Ebbw Vale 21 15 1 5 474 348 71
Llandovery 21 13 1 7 572 381 66
Aberavon 20 13 2 5 440 382 63
Newport 20 12 2 6 501 461 61
Carmarthen Quins 22 10 0 12 456 420 53
Swansea 20 10 0 10 467 416 51
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 18 9 0 9 468 385 51
Llanelli 21 6 1 14 411 546 34
Bridgend Ravens 19 6 0 13 362 472 33
Cross Keys 20 5 1 14 432 648 33
Bedwas 21 5 1 15 441 614 30
Bargoed 20 3 0 17 361 683 18
Neath 19 1 0 18 287 762 3