Here’s evidence that it wasn’t just a bad dream – while the All Blacks and Wallabies kicked off their European tours with victories, the Springboks slumped to another record defeat under Allister Coetzee.
Out-coached and out-played, South Africa suffered their biggest loss against Ireland (38-3) and were no match for a team that was, tactically, streets ahead of the tourists in Dublin.
Despite some spirited resistance in the second half, the All Blacks streaked to a 38-18 victory against France in Paris.
Kurtley Beale converted a crucial strip into a try as Australia punished Wales’ expansive plans for a 29-21 victory in Cardiff.
And England flew the flag for the Six Nations contenders with an unspectacular 21-8 win against Argentina at Twickenham.
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