South Africa captain Graeme Smith was delighted after his side sealed their huge first Test win over New Zealand on Friday.
The Proteas won the series opener in Cape Town with more than two days to spare as they saluted by an innings and 27 runs.
New Zealand’s first innings capitulation – they were bowled out for 45 after Vernon Philander claimed remarkable figures of 5-7 off six overs – triggered the big win for South Africa.
They followed that with a professional effort with the bat, in which they scored 347-8, before they bowled the Kiwis out for 275 in the second innings.
“It’s a terrific start to the year,” Smith said at the post-match presentation.
“It’s a special feeling. It was just about finishing it off [New Zealand were 169-4 at stumps on day two] which we did today.
“I don’t think anyone can question our intensity in this game. We had a good build-up. We need to carry it on in Port Elizabeth (venue for the second Test in the series).”
Smith paid tribute to his side’s two match-winners in Philander and Alviro Petersen.
Philander added 2-76 off 24 overs to his stunning first-innings haul, although he will be in some doubt for the Port Elizabeth Test with a hamstring injury.
Petersen also starred, scoring 106 from 176 deliveries in an innings that included 11 fours and one six.
“Vern knows his game really well, attacks the off stump and creates some talk with the ball,” he said.
“He does something out of the fingers. It’s nice to have options available. Alviro played a terrific knock, we form a good partnership, it wasn’t an easy wicket.”
Smith added that his side will be working on their fielding after spilling a few chances in the Test.
But he could have little to complain about after a virtually perfect performance from South Africa.
The second and final Test of the series begins in Port Elizabeth on Friday.