Cape Town - However heroic - and narrow - the Springboks' latest defeat to their All Blacks rivals may have been, the now six-Test losing streak is the second worst in the storied history between the two nations.
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Allister Coetzee's team went down 25-24 at Newlands on Saturday in their Rugby Championship Test to make it six clashes on the trot without success.
One has to go back to October 4, 2014 at Ellis Park when a late Patrick Lambie penalty gave the Boks their last victory over the All Blacks.
Subsequently, the All Blacks have scored 227 points to the Boks' 90 for an aggregate scoreline of 38-15 in the six Tests played.
Saturday's defeat at Newlands broke a tie with the five-Test losing streak between September 15, 2012 and September 13, 2014.
The Boks' worst runs of defeats remains at EIGHT between July 21, 2001 and July 24, 2004.
That sequence came to an end on a memorable afternoon, ironically also at Ellis Park, when under the watchful eye of Jake White, Marius Joubert scored a hat-trick in the Boks' 40-26 Tri-Nations win.
Incidentally, South Africa's longest win-streak against New Zealand is six Tests between September 4, 1937 and September 17, 1949.
All told, the Boks' record against the All Blacks reads: Played 95, won 35, lost 57, drawn 3.