Lee Byrne – 6/10
Delivered the solid performance Wales were hoping for at the back. While Bryne’s left boot gained plenty of field-position, he rarely threatened to spark into life in attack.
George North – 8
The debut dreams are made of. The eighteen-year-old took his two tries very well and created the break that led to the second Welsh try.
Tom Shanklin – 6
Ran the ball tirelessly, but offered little cutting edge in attack. He blotted his copy book with the poor decision-making that led to two potentially match-winning opportunities going begging.
James Hook – 7
Showed exactly why Wales have to pick him in a playmaking role. He was instrumental in everything that was right for Warren Gatland’s team.
Shane Williams – 6
A significant improvement from last week and was a handful every time he got his handson the ball. His substitution seemed to signal a change in the momentum of the game. His replacement Chris Czekaj offered little in contrast.
Stephen Jones – 6
Ran the game in a positive fashion, but as time wore on the 32-year-old began to run out of steam and ideas.
Mike Phillips – 7
Phillips produced a suitably physical display, using his 6’3″ frame to full effect. His service gave Wales a great deal of attacking impetus in the first-half, but he became subdued as the Welsh forwards fell onto the back-foot.
Paul James – 6
James was quiet in comparison to the normal performances of the man he was drafted in for, Gethin Jenkins, having little impact.
Matthew Rees – 8
The captain led from the front with some valuable close-quarter ball carries, and near perfect lineout delivery.
Adam Jones – 8
A very busy day at the office for the tighthead, popping up all over the park, especially in defence.
Bradley Davies – 8
Another ball-carrying performance from the 23-year-old lock, that was all about the hard-yards.
Alun Wyn-Jones – 6
While superb in the lineout, Wyn-Jones was subdued by the physicality of the Springoks, failing to demonstrate any of his normal dynamism.
Andy Powell – 7
Like Paul James, Powell was drafted in as a late replacement and justified his first start since Buggy Gate. Easily Wales’s best ball carrier – both in terms of metres gained and in offloads.
Martyn Williams – 7
The veteran making his 100th test appearance was the catalyst for the way in which Wales were able to break the game up and was also Wales’s busiest tackler. However Williams was ineffective when South Africa were on the front foot.
Jonathan Thomas – 7
Thomas made the most ball carries of any Welsh player, but was out played by his opposite number Spies, who made nearly twice as many metres.
by Paul French