15. James Hook – 7.5/10
Injected real purpose from the back, and coped manfully with the torrent of up-and-unders that rained down him. On the negative, he scuffed a few clearance kicks, was defensively liable for the opening try and cracked under the pressure of the late penalty that proved so costly.
14. George North – 6/10
Wales’s inability to get round the Springbok defence meant North was starved of ball out wide, and was left to contend with a few carries in the tight.
13. Jonathan Davies – 9/10
The Springboks simply couldn’t contain Davies at times. Equally as allusive as he was powerful. The only downside was his failure to combine with fellow centre Roberts, as a partnership.
12. Jamie Roberts – 8.5/10
Roberts’ crash ball runs into the guts of the South African defence were really something to behold, in an excellent all round showing from the Cardiff Blues player. Wales could have done with a little more variation than the over emphasis on physicality.
11. Shane Williams – 8/10
A very unconventional performance, Williams was essentially playing as a second scrum-half at times. In a game with little width the wing wizard injected so much momentum into the Welsh performance by taking so much initiative with little darts and offloads. Less influential as the game wore on, but crucial to the Welsh effort.
10. Rhys Priestland – 6/10
A lack of big match experience caught up with the Scarlets utility back. Poor decision making, including a handful of pointless kicks undermined some very nice touches, including the deft pass that saw Faletau crash over for the only Welsh try.
9. Mike Phillips – 9/10
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man so psyched up for game. Phillips was in the face of the Boks from the off in a relentlessly energetic all round performance.
1. Paul James – 7/10
Coped with the Beast, Tendai Mtawarira, at scrum time, and was unfortunate to be on the wrong side of some lazy calls from referee Barnes.
2. Huw Bennett – 7.5/10
Made quite an impact in the loose, and threw almost faultlessly into a well functioning Welsh line out.
3. Adam Jones – 8/10
The tag “World Class Scrummager” was reaffirmed once again by Jones, who’s influence in the Welsh scrum was once again vital.
4. Luke Charteris – 8/10
Easily his best performance in a Welsh shirt, Charteris defied his critics by meeting the South African physical challenge front on, tackling himself into the ground. However he could have done with a few more carries.
5. Alun Wyn Jones – 8/10
This superb display defied his recent desperate lack of form, and cemented his credentials as the archetypal modern test second row. The Ospreys lock made the hard yards, in the Welsh boiler room, and was highly influential in keeping Wales on the front foot.
6. Dan Lydiate – 9/10
Demonstrated his excellent ball carrying ability alongside his normal epic work rate. A truly class all round showing from the blindside flanker.
7. Sam Warburton – 8/10
Slightly quieter with ball in hand, but his industrious work at the tackle area stifled the Boks time and time again, along with Lydiate out playing the enormously rated South African back row, at the breakdown.
8. Toby Faletau – 8/10
An indifferent first half followed by a gargantuan second forty minutes. The ‘fro may have been cut down, but the young Number Eight was just sensational as the game wore on, at times bursting through the opposition defence at will, and was rewarded with a well taken try.
By Paul French