The All Blacks and Springboks completed their first heavyweight brawl in Japan and no one will complain six weeks from now if we witness the rematch to conclude what clearly promises to be a captivating Rugby World Cup.
Time will tell whether these are the two best teams at the tournament. Plenty more drama awaits. But on first glance, they will both take some stopping.
Surely everyone except, perhaps, the exhausted players wanted this match to continue forever. It was that good.
Absorbing doesn't do the epic contest justice. End to end, pound for pound, the All Blacks and Boks