One moment of brilliance in the dying minutes saw the Springboks triumph on the back of a match-winning try by skipper Fourie du Preez against Wales.
The wounded Boks's strength and mettle will be sorely tested on Saturday when they do battle with the Scots, who are in pole position.
From sport to sushi in one match flat. Not the kind of transformation you were hoping for?
Transformation in rugby is urgent, said Judge Ntendeya Mavundla, and interested parties need to engage to "ventilate" the issue.
Cosatu is not encouraged to support the "all white" Springbok team that will take on the All Blacks, says provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.
South Africa will take on Argentina in Buenos Aires in a special round of matches set to take place straight after the Rugby Championship
Jean de Villiers has recovered from a knee injury is back in the Springbok squad for the Rugby Championship.
Wales and South Africa - who clashed on Saturday in Nelspruit - will use the experience as preparation for next year's World Cup.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has been pulled out from several matches due to a knee injury.
Two referees for rugby games in future, the expansion of the "mark" law and a rejig of the Currie Cup set the tone for rugby in the year ahead.
Andy Capostagno reflects on the South African rugby team's good season and muses on what lies ahead for the team.
South Africa showed their pedigree as the world's number two side, despatching Scotland 28-0 with clinical efficiency in a one-sided contest.
After the disaster of the Millennium Stadium playing field, Murrayfield also has some surprises, writes Andy Capostagno.
With so many rugby players battered by the Currie Cup, the Springbok team may need a moment to catch its breath.
Heyneke Meyer has deviated from his usual selection tactics and made drastic changes to the Springbok rugby squad heading to Europe.
Springbok Flip van der Merwe has been cited for alleged foul play during the match between South Africa and Australia on Saturday.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer senses his team is getting stronger and will be ready for the challenge against New Zealand next weekend.
South Africa is bringing in the enforcers in the expectation of being on the sharp end for a change