Cardiff Blues winger Alex Cuthbert scored a superb long range solo try for Wales but it was South Africa who ran out 38-16 winners in the first Test at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday.
Cuthbert started the game alongside regional team-mate Gethin Jenkins but could do little as South Africa blasted to a 28-9 half-time lead with tries from Bryan Habana (2), Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux.
Star winger Cuthbert lit up the second half for Wales with a brilliant consolation try as he tore over after a scintillating run from 70 metres out.
Springboks were never in danger and a further try from Cornal Hendricks ensured Wales, who introduced Blues duo Matthew Rees and Josh Turnbull in the second half, will now travel to the second Test in Mbombela Stadium next Saturday needing to win to level the series.
Cardiff Blues launch the new Guinness PRO12 season next Sunday when we entertain Zebre Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and to celebrate the big kick-off we are offering a special ticket offer with Kids for a Quid for this fixture!
Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps will be back next month giving children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
Can't get tickets for the Rugby World Cup? Well now you won't have to miss a second of the action alongside passionate fans as we are running two special events so you can watch the big games with Cardiff Blues and in the company of some Welsh rugby legends!
Prop Sam Hobbs scored a dramatic injury time try - for the second successive season in Galway - as battling Cardiff Blues deservedly took home two bonus points from a pulsating Guinness PRO12 fixture with Connacht at The Sportsground.
New-look Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons served up an entertaining pre-season encounter as the visitors edged to victory as the countdown to the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.