It’s been 672 days since the Springboks last lost a game. After almost two years, the British & Irish Lions ended a streak that had started at RWC Japan 2019.
The triumph of the British team against the world champions ended a great undefeated by South Africa. Before the meeting on Saturday, July 24, the defeat against the All Blacks by 23-13 in the group stage of the last World Cup it had been the last sour drink for a team that later chained six wins in a row to win the title.
In those 672 days, the Springboks defeated Namibia, Italy, Canada, Japan, Wales and England in the RWC and, after a 2020 without competition as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, they returned to play in the July window of this 2021, in which they beat Georgia 40-9.
A new suspension for positive cases of coronavirus canceled the second match against Los Lelos in the run-up to the first test against the British & Irish Lions, so history will mark that there were seven consecutive victories that shaped a great streak that ended with the victory of those led by Warren Gatland by 22 to 17 in Cape Town.