Blood was spilled and both teams had players sent from the field yet New Zealand's 29-15 victory over SA was based around a simple principle.
Serena Williams has recovered from a nasty fall and painful ankle injury to blast her way into the second round of the Australian Open.
Martin Guptill and Daniel Flynn battled hostile pace bowling to guide New Zealand to 65 for no loss at the close of play on the third day on Sunday.
The Proteas say they will not lose sleep over two controversial umpiring decisions made on the first day of their final Test against the Black Caps.
New Zealand were 137 for two chasing 401 in the first test against South Africa when bad light stopped play four overs early on the fourth day.
The Proteas were beaten by six wickets after Martin Guptill's return to form buoyed New Zealand in their Twenty20 international.
New Zealand winger Zac Guildford scored four tries as the All Blacks lifted the dark pall over their Cup campaign with a 79-15 victory over Canada.
Tonga produced the upset of the Cup when they beat France 19-14 on Saturday but poor decision making cost the Pacific Islanders at least five tries.
Italy illustrated the benefits of playing international rugby by beating Russia 53-17, while Pacific island players were in hot water with officials.
Bakkies Botha will almost certainly miss SA's rugby World Cup opener, with the Springboks further hurt by an injury concern over winger Bryan Habana.