No one expected Ireland to completely dismantle the Springboks to the extent in which they did last night.
Ireland emerged 38-3 winners and in doing so, secured their highest margin of victory against the Rainbow Nation.
Ultimately, fingers are being pointed at Allister Coetzee for the inept performance from his players on the night and it adds further pressure to the under-fire head coach as they face into further troublesome fixtures against France, Italy and Wales.
South Africa were expected to bring a typically physical performance to Dublin, the cornerstone of their game in which they are undoubtedly proud of, however, it never materialised at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland stamped their authority on all facets of the game.
One man they would expect to lead this physical charge would be their talisman, Eben Etzebeth but like his teammates, he was uncharacteristically subdued throughout the 80 minutes.
The 26-year-old and his second row partner Lodewyk De Jager were up against Devin Toner and Iain Henderson – and it was the latter Irish man who stamped his authority on the game by putting Etzebeth on his backside with a barn-storming carry.
It certainly set the tone for the Irish.