Shattered New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum put his team's disastrous opening day batting tumble down to a combination of poor batting and world class bowling.
Having won the toss, New Zealand were rolled for just 45, their third lowest total, in 19.2 overs, effectively handing the test to South Africa.
Only Kane Williamson made double figures as New Zealand hit rock bottom.
''We had high hopes coming into today that we'd start well and it's extremely disappointing and there's a very hurt bunch of boys at the moment," he said.
''To have put in a performance like we did today you look around our changing room and we know we've let down our fans back home, which hurts a lot."
McCullum may not realise it at the moment, but the last words of the first paragraph of his quote above nail the dilemma. The Black Caps are indeed a "hurt bunch of boys". Unfortunately, they are playing against a team of men; hardened test cricket veterans. And that's exactly how it panned out yesterday.
Take nothing away from South Africa of course. The bowling was as good as you'd ever want to see, and Vernon Philander's spell was simply superb. Perhaps he wants to emigrate and join the legion of South Africans in New Zealand.