Cape Town - We all know there's only ONE statistic that really counts in any rugby match - the final score.
Saturday's much-anticipated Rugby World Cup blockbuster in Yokohama between reigning champions, the All Blacks, and pretenders to their throne, the Springboks, ended in a deserved 23-13 victory for New Zealand.
While it was merely the first skirmish in what may well end up in a rematch later in the tournament for all the marbles in the final - or in the battle for bronze - both sides will have reason to feel optimistic.
For the All Blacks the win will have given them a massive psychological boost, while the Springboks will be comforted by the fact that they 'won' the second half and have scope for massive improvement.
A winning team never complains about the referee, while a losing side seldom stops.
French referee Jerome Garces will hog online and print space in the coming days.
Sure, he missed numerous penalty offences - for both sides.
Is a neutral referee?
Is he the reason the All Blacks won?
Regardless, the Springboks are now 0-6 under his watch against their fiercest foes - and will be not-so-secretly hoping he isn't assigned the whistle in any of their remaining tournament matches.
What do the official match stats tell us?
That it was predictably a titanic tussle between two of rugby's proudest nations where no quarter was asked or given.
Oh, and that Cheslin Kolbe has a heart of a lion!
South Africa - 370 (Kolbe 124m on his own!)
New Zealand - 367
South Africa - 104
New Zealand - 110
South Africa - 28
New Zealand - 35
South Africa - 7
New Zealand - 12
South Africa - 119
New Zealand - 143
South Africa - 2
New Zealand - 8
South Africa - 53%
New Zealand - 47%
South Africa - 59%
New Zealand - 41%
South Africa - 108
New Zealand - 126
South Africa - 35
New Zealand - 28
South Africa - 87
New Zealand - 77
South Africa - 9
New Zealand 4
South Africa - 13
New Zealand - 23