Warren Gatland was not too disconsolate after watching Wales concede eight tries in a record home defeat to the Springboks in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Springboks dotted down eight times in the World Cup warm-up to put a youthful Welsh outfit fielded by Gatland to the sword.
The 36-point margin marks the Boks’ biggest win against the Dragons in Wales.
However, speaking after the match, Gatland suggest that most of South Africa’s tries were “easy” to prevent as Wales’ coach looked to take the positives from a long day at the office.
“When you have a defeat like that it’s about how do you look at the positives when you are reviewing it as a group,” said Gatland.
“There’s some easy fixes in terms of probably four or five of those tries are easy enough to stop and then all of a sudden there’s a different complexion on the game.
“We wanted to give everybody an opportunity and find out about players. A large amount of those would have learned a hell of a lot from that experience.”
Wales take on an ever-improving Fiji in their World Cup opener on 10 September, before facing Portugal, Australia and Georgia in Pool C.
Gatland will name his 33-player World Cup squad on Monday.
“It’s made it easier for our discussion tonight about some of the questions we had,” said Gatland.
“We will go back to the hotel tonight and sit down as coaches and hopefully finalise it. If we need to have more discussion we can hopefully do that tomorrow morning.”
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