Rugby Memorabilia Society

21st November 1953
Cardiff beat the All Blacks

65 years ago, Cardiff RFC produced what is arguably their greatest victory to date 8 points to 3.

1953 Cardiff v NZ programme - Rugby Memorabilia Society 1953 Cardiff v NZ Ticket - Rugby Memorabilia Society
Official Match Programme & Match Ticket

All the scoring was done in the first half, Cardiff scored first. Cliff Morgan received the ball from Rex Willis, put in a short punt ahead, raced up and caught the ball on the rebound from one of the defenders. He passed it to Alun. Thomas, who, after making some ground passed it to Gwyn Rowlands who cross-kicked towards the posts. Sid Judd, dashing up at full speed caught the ball and crashed over for a try underneath a group of All Black defenders. Gwyn Rowlands converted. The try was followed by a magnificent penalty goal from R. A. Jarden, from a range of 45 yards. With the score at five points to three in Cardiff’s favour, the Cardiff pack was going great guns against its heavier opponents and our side doing the pressing, the excitement was intense. It reached fever heat when after another excellent pass from Rex Willis to Cliff Morgan, the ball reached Bleddyn Williams who put in a perfect short punt. The ball was gathered by Alun Thomas who raced up to Bob Scott the full-back before giving a long pass to Gwyn Rowlands who ran thirty yards and scored in the corner. The kick for goal failed. There was no more scoring and Cardiff were worthy winners by eight paints to three, thus completing a wonderful record of having defeated all three commonwealth countries—South Africa 1906—07. Australia in 1908 and 1947, and now New Zealand in 1953.

Match Footage

J.E.G Llewellyn, G Rowlands, Alun Thomas, Bleddyn Williams (Captain), Gareth Griffiths, Rex Willis, Cliff Morgan, Stan Bowes, G Beckingham, J. D Evans, M Collins, Eddie Thomas, C.D Williams, Sid Judd and J.D Nelson.

Cardiff Scorers:
Sid Judd (Try), Gwyn Rowlands (Try & Conversion)

Bob Scott, E.G Elsom, J.T Fitzgerald, R.A Jarden, D.D Wilson, L.S Haig (Captain), V.D Bevan, H.L White, R. Hunt, K.L Skinner, W.H Clark, G.N Dalzell, R.A White, Oliver and W.A McCaw

New Zealand Scorer:
Ron Jarden (Penalty)

1953 Cardiff v New Zealand Post Match Menu & Invite (1) Rugby Memorabilia Society
1953 Cardiff v New Zealand Post Match Menu & Invite (1) Rugby Memorabilia Society
1953 Cardiff v New Zealand Post Match Menu & Invite (1) Rugby Memorabilia Society

‘Autographed’ Post Match Menu & Dinner Invite

Peter Douglas-Davies
Cardiff RFC for the match report
Rugby Memorabilia Society

Peter Douglas-Davies