Wales player ratings v South Africa as George North ignites and Navidi’s efforts not quite enough to win

South Africa won a hard-fought series 2-1 with victory in the final Test

Wales failed to create history in Cape Town as they fell 30-14 to South Africa in the final Test of the series.

Wayne Pivac’s team had been looking to become the first Welsh team to win a campaign in the republic.

They battled bravely once again but didn’t have quite enough in their locker, with tries from Handre Pollard, Bongi Mbonambig and Siya Kolisi helping to see the Springboks home.

Liam Williams 7

Spilled a high ball before being penalised for a tackle off ground a split-second later. But things did get better, with Williams taking a number of catches, mopping up brilliantly after le Roux kicked ahead and flicking out a nice pass to Adams. His positioning at times was top class.

Louis Rees-Zammit 7

No Hollywood moments, but decent catching and kicking and teamed up with Alun Wyn Jones to stop Pollard in corner and then with George North to drag Mapimpi into touch. He looks a more rounded player these days.

George North 8

A landmark day in that he became Wales’ most capped back of all time, edging ahead of Stephen Jones with his 105th appearance. He marked it with easily his best display of the tour. Sent a handoff the way of Cheslin Kolbe as the big man popped up more in attack in first 20 minutes than he had in the first two Tests in their entirety. Also defended stoutly.

Nick Tompkins 6

Commitment to the cause is beyond question, underlined by holding up de Allende on line, while he was involved multiple times in build-up to Reffell’s try. On the debit side, he couldn’t stop Kolisi from scoring.

Josh Adams 7

Woeful surface didn’t help runners, but Adams found space as the game wore on and made two searing runs down his wing. Also assisted Reffell’s try but had earlier run into trouble from deep.

Dan Biggar 6

Uncharacteristically beaten to high ball early doors and then gave away a penalty, but Biggar’s goalkicking was good and he missed nothing in defence. No frills, plenty of heart.

Kieran Hardy 5

Not as effective as in first two Tests. Loose kick early on put Wales in trouble. There was some decent work with the boot but Hardy was also charged down by Etzebeth. Subbed on 50 minutes.

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