It’s hard to measure the team’s exact progress in pure results but the fact that they were in contention in almost every match they played does suggest they are slowly turning the corner.
Coach Rassie Erasmus admitted that Wales were better than the Boks. Wales scored two first-half tries – through prop Tomas Francis and wing Liam Williams – to take a 14-3 lead into the break. It was too much for the Boks to overturn against a well-organised Welsh defensive unit.
“Today was perhaps the first time that I felt we were outplayed after we were always in with a chance in all our other games‚” Erasmus said.
“They came with no surprises and we knew exactly what they were going to do‚ but I felt we didn’t adjust our plan like we should have. Wales were good with their kicking game and solid in defence‚ and although we created opportunities our finishing and discipline let us down.”
Kolisi added: “All of us knew that this was going to be our most difficult match of the tour and they made it tough for us.
“They were smart each time we got into their half and we let ourselves down with ill-discipline by giving away penalties‚ which allowed them to exit from their half. All credit to Wales because they had a great plan and it worked out well for them.”