South Africa captain Graeme Smith made no excuses for his side's 281-run defeat to Australia in the first Test at Centurion, saying is was disappointing and they needed to work hard over the following days.
The number one Test side found themselves being handed a lesson in Test cricket by the Aussies, with Mitchell Johnson taking 12 host wickets and the Proteas all out for 200 runs on day four.
A sad Smith said: "A loss is a loss. It's just very disappointing at this stage. I think always in a loss good reflection is needed, making good decisions and finding out how to improve yourself for the next game.
"We move to a new part of the country with new conditions and we need to be able to adapt to that. We just need a wise head, good leadership and this side has a lot of good references to fall back on, even though the last four days have been really disappointing. There's enough confidence there to help us win the next game.
"We just never hit our straps in any department throughout the four days. Three of the four days we had little mishaps with illness, injury, niggle and everything just seemed to not fall into line.
"Ultimately, we allowed Australia to play cricket on the front foot. When they do that, they're a very dominant team no matter what team Aussie team it is. We need to look at ourselves, at 100 for four in the first innings we had a real opportunity. We weren't able to take that. From then on in we were under pressure."
He added: "I doubt there's much mental scarring. We've lost a game of cricket. We've been beaten comprehensively. It's important now we move away with two big Test matches left in this series and perform. That's our focus."
The Proteas, and Smith's, main downfall was Johnson, with the skipper going out to him twice, but Biff was adamant they would not be bogged down by memories in PE, and they would find a solution to the Johnson puzzle.
He continued: "I think our game plans and mindsets are good. I think the surface suited his style of bowling here. He got a lot of indifferent bounce, he got a lot of balls to get really big on batters from good areas, which made it very tough.
"It's not long ago, where we've been able to put him under pressure. He's obviously in form at the moment and confident. We've just got to find a way to make sure he doesn't bowl as he did in this game.
"I believe he's bowling well, the wicket played a big role in the success that he had. The stats in the Ashes also say he picked up a lot of lower order wickets, so the key is for our top order to set some big partnerships. Hopefully, we make sure he keeps coming back and bowling and bowling and bowling.
"We need to not get caught up with emotion, there's obviously going to be a lot of criticism and fan emotion. We didn't meet expectations in this game and we deserve every bit that comes our way. It's important now we make good decisions and respond well. Training is one aspect, we need to train well over the next few days."
One man who found himself at the hurting end of A Johnson bouncer was Ryan McLaren, who was hit below the ear just before tea on day four. Smith said he looked like he'd come up against some rugby players.
Smith joked: "It looks like he's been scrumming for a few days with Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield for the Super 15. But he's alright and he's tough boy. But that's part and parcel of what you deal with as a batsman. He's not fussed at all."