Test clues emerge in Cape Town monsoon
Cape Town, late Tuesday evening
So the 100% record in non-Test matches has now gone, but the 2009 Lions can still say they remain unbeaten against all opposition apart from the Springboks.
While there was disappointment at letting victory slip against the Emerging variety in the last play of the game, in the context of the tour it was merely a statistical footnote.
As Ian McGeechan noted afterwards, a "kicking game in a monsoon" in Cape Town is a millions miles away from what they want, and expect, in the dry heat of Pretoria on Saturday.
Events at Loftus Versfeld, the venue for the second Test, will have a far greater bearing on how these Lions are remembered than a filthy night at Newlands, although the attitude on display in dreadful conditions spoke volumes for their unity.
Given the major decisions on selection would already have been made prior to Tuesday's game, further options in terms of the Test 22 were hard to decipher.
McGeechan acknowledged that "a few discussion points" would be taken from the game when finalising his plans. Second-guessing the man is a hazardous business, but we might as well have a go.
The coaches were clearly keen to give fly-half James Hook time to make a renewed case for inclusion after his recovery from a head knock, removing Ronan O'Gara just five minutes into the second half.
Hook looked sharp in probing the Emerging Boks' defence for gaps without ever finding a killer pass to release the dangerous runners around him.
But the extra length on his kicking provided some relief as the Lions struggled to escape the aerial bombardment from the hosts, and could be a major weapon from hand and at goal in the rarified atmosphere at Loftus.
A place on the Test bench, given his ability to cover more than one position, appears all but assured, and you wonder if they are not slightly tempted to start him ahead of Stephen Jones.
That would certainly be a bold statement of intent, but a replacement role seems more likely.
He could be joined on the bench by Irishman Luke Fitzgerald, whose substitution with 15 minutes left on Tuesday suggested he is also in the Test frame.
Fitzgerald could be a straight swap for Ugo Monye, although there is a feeling that Rob Kearney may be asked to reprise a left-wing role he has performed for Ireland in the past, assuming Lee Byrne's foot problem allows him to continue at full-back.
Shane Williams flittered briefly into life at Newlands, stepping his way out of the clutches of four would-be tacklers with his first touch of the ball, but thereafter had to be content largely with defensive duties.
They were accomplished solidly for the most part, although he may not enjoy analysis of his role in the hosts' last-minute try, when he appeared to move inside too early, giving Danwel Demas the space in which to dive into the right corner.
If we can be reasonably certain that Matthew Rees and Adam Jones will come into the Test front row, there is no guarantee of changes elsewhere in the pack.
The extra aggression of Nathan Hines, on display at times on Tuesday before his removal before the hour, may be a tempting option in the second row, citing proceedings permitting.
But they would actually lose bulk by replacing Alun-Wyn Jones, who is 5kg, or 10lb, heavier than the Scot according to the Lions' own statistics.
Simon Shaw, at 19st 6lb, would provide extra weight if required, but would the 35-year-old England lock handle what should be a Test of ferocious pace and intensity?
Emerging Springboks coach Dick Muir, who also coaches South Africa's backs, believes the Lions will make two or three changes to their starting side on Saturday, but no more.
"I think they played really well last week, especially the way they finished the game, so it would be unfair for them to make too many," he said.
Muir also hinted that Schalk Burger is unlikely to last the whole game for South Africa on his return to fitness, suggesting Heinrich Brussow, who he replaces at open-side, "will be utilised for a good period of the game" off the bench.
The Boks are clearly desperate to clinch the series on Saturday, and not let it go to a final-Test decider in Johannesburg.
The hope for the Lions is that if they can fix their problems in the scrummage, as they did during the first Test, and defending South Africa's driving maul, there is no reason to believe they cannot aspire to victory.
Certainly McGeechan gives every impression of warming to the task. Asked at the end of his post-match news conference if he was in the mood for change in selection, he quipped: "After five weeks away I am probably in the mood for love!"
If he can script a series victory from here, he certainly won't be short of affection.