Waratahs centre Kurtley Beale hailed his squad for sticking to their game-plan and ultimately securing a bonus-point win against the Rebels on Friday.
Beale was man of the match as the Waratahs won 32-8 in Sydney, with tries coming from Alofa Alofa, Peter Betham and two from Israel Folau.
The back believes the win was down to patience.
"We knew at half-time we had to be patient and if we stuck to our attacking structures and trusted that system in the end we could really deliver," Beale said after the maximum at Allianz Stadium.
"Everyone is playing their role and it is making my job easier when everyone else is stepping up."
The Waratahs will now travel to South Africa where they tackle the Sharks first up in Durban before taking on the Stormers in Cape Town.
"It will be a very big challenge. It's always tough to go to South Africa. We just have to recover here and think about it on the plane," Beale said.
Meanwhile, it was a bitter defeat for Rebels captain Higginbotham, whose side face the Brumbies in another Australian derby in Melbourne next week.
"They defended well and we worked hard and we kept getting into their quarter but we let ourselves down and let them off the hook," he said.
"Our defence is good for the most part, but we tended to go to sleep and they attacked with pace and scored points."