New Zealand rugby fans don’t like test losses at any time, but two on one day! That is something else. But this was what they had to face on 3 September 1949 when the All Blacks touring South Africa lost the third test in Johannesburg 3 – 9, though they had the small consolation of scoring the match’s only try, by centre Morrie Goddard. Some 12 hours earlier the “best of the rest” All Blacks had been beaten 11 – 6 by Australia in the first test.
It get’s worse. In all the All Blacks played six tests in 1949, four against South Africa and two versus Australia, and lost the lot. In mitigation, the All Blacks in South Africa, in a very close series, scored more tries (4) than the Springboks (3), and the Australian tourists were a handy side who lost just one of their twelve matches.