Cape Town - The South African men's water polo side has matched their female compatriots in making a disastrous start to their FINA World Aquatics Championships campaign in Gwangju, South Korea.
A day after the SA women's side were smashed 33-0 by the Netherlands, the men's side went down 23-3 to Spain on Monday.
The scores in each of the eight-minute quarters were, 6-1, 5-1, 4-1 and 8-0.
The SA men's side will next be in action on Wednesday, July 17 at 12:30 SA time against New Zealand.
New Zealand were beaten 24-4 by Hungary in their opener.
The SA men's side will conclude their group play against the Hungarians on Friday, July 19 at 08:30 SA time.
At the last world championships in 2017, the SA men's side finished 16th - and last - in the tournament, scoring 21 goals in five matches and conceding a whopping 77.