South Africa win by an innings and 27 runs, a result that was never in doubt after about 45 minutes of the Test (and, in truth, the days before the match too). New Zealand fought better in their second innings, and South Africa lost a bit of intensity, but the quick bowlers finished it in style with some hostile stuff at the lower order. Eleven Tests in a row without defeat now for Smith's team. You don't suspect that run will end next week in Port Elizabeth, either.
Greg puts things into context: "So tired of TV commentators going on about the Amazing New Zealand resistance ... so patronizing ... they have lost by an innings and 28 runs for goodness sake." I guess it was about trying to take something forward to the next game.
Tom: "Chris Martin with a diamond duck has so many golden ducks thought he get a diamond to go with it." He really is a gem.
Frank: "NZ's tailenders are so bad Chris Martin should bat at 9. Patel almost tripped over the square leg umpire and Boult looks like he is dancing at the crease."
Vernon Philander has been confirmed as Man of the Match. I'll hang around to bring you the presentation shortly. He was off the field towards the end because of his left hamstring, which was an issue before the game.
Presentation time: Brendon McCullum "The first day was very disappointing and we were outplayed in all three departments. South Africa bowled exceptionally well and we weren't up for the challenge. I'm pleased with yesterday's fightback, but we were outplayed. I still think if we'd put in a good first innings, as we did second time around, the cracks might have been in play for us. Dean Brownlie was fantastic after his time away, getting runs in trying circumstances, as was BJ Watling. Pleased with the way some of the guys stood up. The work ethic in this team is outstanding and we'll keep working hard."
Graeme Smith "When you bowl a side out you've ended the game and it was just about finishing it off 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 PE. Vern knows his game really well, attacks the off stump and creates some talk with the ball. He does something out of the fingers. It's nice to have options available. Alvrio played a terrific knock, we form a good partnership, it wasn't an easy wicket. There were a few dropped catches but we have high-class fielders. We'll keep working and hopefully take 100% next game. It's a terrific start to the year. The turnout has been superb. It's a special feeling.
Vernon Philander "I'd like to take this pitch with me! I don't it for granted. Teams try different theories against me and that helps. I've changed my game slightly, I used to bowl wider, but now take off stump a lot more. It's something you work our yourself the more you play. It took three hard years to know my game."
So that just about wraps things up for this Test. South Africa formidable and you sense there is even more to come in some areas. The second Test starts in a week on January 11 and we'll be back to bring you that. For now, though, from Andrew McGlashan it's goodbye.
One to go for South Africa. Chris Martin at No. 11. Sadly he won't be on strike
Ryan: "This short bowling is getting gory, fitting then that it's the FranklinSteyn show..."
He'll be looking for a single (or a three) now
Martin (I presume not Chris): "New Zealand currently have no quality spinners for the test arena, it looks like we're better off just playing 4 seamers i.e. McClenaghan, Southee, Boult and Bracewell."
Almost no celebration from Steyn. Not much bottle shown by Patel. As a point of note, Vernon Philander is off the field.
Gonzo: "Don't think I've ever seen a test batsman walk as far to leg as Patel. How is he a #9 and not an #11? Show a bit of guts."