Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll praised his team-mates for winning the individual battles against the Boks.
“Today’s win was better than two years ago,” he said. “We learnt a lot from our summer tour [to New Zealand and Australia] and I think we took that frustration [of losing] out on the Springboks. I was really pleased with the quality of the performance. We won the individual battles today.
“The challenge for us now is to consistently win these big matches. The way we are playing is exciting, but our feet are still firmly on the ground.”
Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan lauded his side’s first half effort that saw them leading 22-3 at the break.
“We were clinical,” he said. “We kept the ball in hand and took the game to the Boks. We put pressure on them at the breakdown and that disrupted their game.
“The one thing that concerned me was that we conceded seven penalties in the first half and I was worried that if we gave away too many penalties in the second half that they would keep us pinned inside our own territory. Fortunately, we only gave away another three.”
Ireland now meet the Wallabies next Saturday, before finishing their November fixtures against the Pacific Islanders.
By Simon Borchardt in Dublin