Sam Warburton has hailed Wales' RBS 6 Nations defence as better than last year's Grand Slam.
The flanker led his country to a clean-sweep last year but it was also a campaign ravaged by injury.
Warburton feels he has contributed more in this Championship and after losing the opening encounter to Ireland he insists the achievement is even greater than the Slam.
"For me, personally, better than last year," said Warburton. It was absolutely immense. I had a bit more of a part to play this year as opposed to last year. I didn't feel so guilty getting up on the podium.
"It's probably the highlight of my career, so far. It's an absolutely amazing feeling. To do it in the way we did, to come back after losing the first game.
"We've worked so hard behind closed doors. Ryan Jones said to the players the week after we lost to Ireland that you don't always have to win Championships with a Grand Slam, you can win them even after losing a game.
"That was then the focus after Ireland, to make sure we won every game. That was the target, and we managed to achieve it."
Warburton bore the brunt of a lot of criticism as Wales endured a eight-match losing streak that culminated in the defeat to Ireland.
But the Cardiff Blues star, who relinquished the captaincy during the campaign, insists he never doubted his ability.
"It is about believing in yourself, and things will come good in the end. I have done a lot of work with Andy McCann (Wales squad sports psychologist). He;s been brilliant for me in this campaign.
"Confidence-wise, I went into the last two games feeling as good as I've ever felt and I put in two good performances.
"The captaincy is a massive honour, but not to have it, I was able just to focus on myself. If I concentrate on my own role, then I have done my bit for the team.
"It's one less thing to do think about, but Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins have done immense jobs since they've stepped in. They are both very experienced players.
"If Ryan was to keep the captaincy or Gethin was to keep it, I wouldn't complain with that.
"They are two phenomenal players with a load of experience. I am learning off those guys all the time.
"We have got a lot of great candidates who can do the captaincy. I think people can look into the captaincy a little bit too much. If a any of those guys do it they will do as good a job as anyone."
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series