It was the first time in more than eight years that four South African teams lost to sides from the other side of the Indian Ocean in one weekend.
In Round 9 in 2007, on March 30 and 31, the toyota Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls all came up short in tour matches Down Under, against the Highlanders, Force and Hurricanes respectively, while the Emirates Lions were beaten at home by the Brumbies.
Round 6 in 2008 and Round 8 in 2014 saw three South African defeats offset by a solitary draw against opposition from Australasia.
Just more than a month ago, in Round 9, four Australian teams lost in one weekend – three of them against South African opponents – when the Force went down to the Toyota Cheetahs in Perth, the Waratahs lost to the DHL Stormers in Sydney, the Reds were beaten by the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria, and the Brumbies came up short against the Blues in Auckland.
A similar scenario with new Zealand teams happened 15 years ago, in Round 12 in 2000, when all five of their sides lost to teams from South Africa and Australia.
On Friday morning, the Vodacom Bulls had to be happy with a losing bonus point in their first tour match, as they went down by 23-18 to the Blues in Auckland.
Saturday kicked off with the Cell C Sharks losing in Sydney to the defending champions Waratahs (33-18), while the Emirates Lions lost in Johannesburg to the Brumbies (30-20), and the Highlanders were too strong for the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (45-24).
The DHL Stormers had a bye this weekend, as they did way back in 2007 when their four South African counterparts also lost.