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Wales player ratings: Dewi Lake leads from the front despite defeat

27 unanswered points in the second-half steered South Africa to a solid 41-13 win over a spirited Wales side.

Tries from Jesse Kriel, Makazole Mapimpi, Bongi Mbonambi, Edwill van der Merwe and a penalty try were enough to steer the reigning World Champions to victory in their first game since that triumph in Paris.

Here are our Wales player ratings.

Cameron Winnett-6

An assured performance, especially under the high ball. Also posed plenty of questions in attack and is beginning to make the 15 shirt his own for Wales.

Liam Williams-6

A decent return to the test arena. Came up with a clever interception to create a chance, and his ability under the high ball meant their kicking game could flourish.

Owen Watkin-6

Did a good job with what he was given, but didn’t set the pitch alight.

Mason Grady-5

Deployed at 12 today, but wasn’t as dangerous as usual. Was utilised in a slightly different way which didn’t play into his strengths. Will be hoping for a better showing in Australia.

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Rio Dyer-5

Sent to the sin-bin early on, which helped give South Africa a real foothold in the game. Wasn’t his usual attacking threat either.

Sam Costelow-6

Kicked well out of hand and off the tee, but wasn’t able to threaten the line as much today. He is showing signs of maturing at this level though.

Ellis Bevan-7

A busy debut from the scrum-half. Distributed well, and gave a decent platform for his side. Will only get better for the experience too.

Gareth Thomas-6

Really struggled at scrum-time, but stepped up in defence when his team needed it most. Saved a certain try to keep his side in the contest.

Dewi Lake-8

The set-piece might not have gone to plan; but he packed a real punch in the carry, and took his try well under pressure.

Keiron Assiratti-4

Bullied in the scrum, and was withdrawn just before half-time.

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Matthew Screech-6

Did all the ugly stuff and was decent in the lineout.

Ben Carter-6

Similarly to partner Screech, just got stuck into most areas of the game. Packed a punch in defence too.

Taine Plumtree-6

Made himself a constant threat in the breakdown, which in turn limited the South African attack. Very industrious showing.

James Botham-6

Did his job well, and really caused the South African attack some bother both in the contact and in the ruck too.

Aaron Wainwright-6

Was sent to the sin-bin and gifted the Springboks a penalty try. Improved as the game went on though, particularly in the breakdown.

Replacements

Evan Lloyd-6

Thrust on with the game slipping away, but did a decent job.

Kemsley Mathias-5

The scrum proved a huge issue all day, and he couldn’t change the tide.

Harri O’Connor-4

Ox Nche had O’Connor on toast at the scrum, a tough day for the replacement.

James Ratti-6

Made plenty of work for himself around the pitch, proper workhorse performance.

Mackenzie Martin-N/A

Only given 5 minutes at the end, not enough to score.

Gareth Davies-6

Added a fresh dynamic to the Welsh attack and distributed well.

Eddie James-6

Only a brief cameo, but did nothing wrong in midfield.

Jacob Beetham-6

Only afforded 10 minutes at the end, and did alright with what he was given.