Waratah's credentials as a true contender were treated as a major blow after they could not score a point for the first time ever in 23 seasons of Super Rugby.
In a match of four matches that comes in their clash with the lions, Tahs hoped to win five jumps for the first time since NSW's historic 2014 season.
But instead they were handed a 29-0 defeat and a far more embarrassing milestone.
In the absence of disturbing scoreboard companion, Waratah's made history by not scoring a single point for the first time in 304 Super Rugby games played by NSW teams since professionalism began in 1996.
"It's burning," said Waratah's captain Michael Hooper when asked for his feelings on the unprecedented zero.
The Johannesburg-based lions were a class in their four attempts at demolition of the Warata army, which defended strongly and used their set-piece and mauling strength to build steel bending pressures in NSWquarters.
The lions scored a try in a featureless first half, but then pushed away in the other by scoring another three.
But while the 2016-17 Super Rugby Grand Finalists were good, they had a handsome alliance in boys in sky blue jerseys.
The most effective part of the Waratahs game was to press the self-destruction button with such consistency, mostly at the time they had created a chance or seemed to build some pressure and territory. 19659010] The crowd could only moan when Warataherne gave the Lion the ball and a free pass in their half with errors, sloppy crashes and cheap sales.
Trainer Daryl Gibson deplores the lack of completion, but the core of Waratah's problems was a more general lack of urgency and intensity.
Zero was a blazing cherry on top, but the loss itself was a major blow to Waratah's claim to be a true Super Rugby candidate, especially after saying this week it would be ab through the study of where they stand in Super Rugby .
After the lions first arrived in Sydney last Wednesday and lacked two Springboks in Warren Whiteley and Jaco Kriel, this was a game that the Warataherne had to win to be taken seriously.
The bad news? After Waratah's goodbye next weekend there are four matches on the Kiwi team.
Trainer Daryl Gibson said the team would not convert more options to score in the opening quarter, and then let them run on top through their own mistakes the game had on.
"Full credit to the Lions. They were the better team tonight and they showed it on the scoreboard," said Gibson.
"There is a lot of soul searching in our changing room, and it's good for us. We've had a decent run, but get up tonight.
" Is it a true reflection of where our site is ? I'm not sure. One thing we will do is really to have a close look at how we get away from this game with these lessons. "
Hooper said that" the scoreboard is ugly, unfortunately "and the zero point stuck.
" You have to take these options. They are at the top of the table and if you can not hold pressure on them, they run away with it. Hooper said.
Hooper said the team would not lay down and curl up and Gibson said Israel Folau would probably return to Blues at Brookvale Oval in two weeks.
"This week will be good for us . The next few days there will be a little soul search, but we will make a covenant to move on and assume that, "Hooper said.
The Blues clash is another critical of Waratahs. The Auckland-based team is fighting this season, and a Kiwi scalp of any kind can have a major influence on the team's psyche and trust.