It was a ninth successive test win for the Welsh -- a feat they have not achieved since 1999 -- and a fourth win in a row over the Boks but, more importantly a strong message about their potential for next year’s World Cup.

The Welsh, ranked third in world rugby, scored two early tries to ensure a 14-3 half-time lead as they displayed not only attacking verve but some stoic defence to hold off a dominant Springbok showing in the second half.

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Prop Tomas Francis and fullback Liam Williams both crossed the line in the opening 16 minutes for Wales while Jesse Kriel got South Africa’s only try in the second half.

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