Stand-in All Black skipper Keven Mealamu lamented his side's inability to finish off the opportunities that they created against the Springboks in their 5-18 Tri-Nations loss in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Scotland warmed up for the World Cup with a second win in two EMC Tests by defeating Italy 23-12 at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The Springboks salvaged some pride by winning their final Tri-Nations game of the season in Port Elizabeth which gave them a much-needed boost ahead of the defence of their World Cup title next month.
Ireland's preparations for the World Cup took another turn for the worse at the Aviva Stadium after they were beaten 26-22 by France.
Morne Steyn returned to kick South Africa to their first win of this year's Tri Nations as they beat New Zealand 18-5 in Port Elizabeth.
Warren Gatland believes Wales will travel to the World Cup in a confident mood after completing their warm-up schedule by beating Argentina.
The Springboks produced their best performance of the season by some distance with a fantastic 18-5 triumph over the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Wales concluded their summer Test schedule by recording a comfortable 28-13 victory over Argentina at the Millennium Stadium.
South African Schools beat France Under-19 21-14 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth after leading 16-0 at half-time.
The Cheetahs taught a woeful Pumas side a serious rugby lesson in a runaway 80-16 hiding in Bloemfontien in the Currie Cup on Saturday.
Sharks coach John Plumtree battled to take any positives from his side's disappointing performance against the Leopards on Friday night and admitted to being 'frustrated' with his team.
Stephen Jones has been withdrawn from the Wales bench for Saturday's final World Cup warm-up game against Argentina in Cardiff.
Canterbury completely dominated Taranaki at Rugby Park in Christchurch on Saturday, completely shutting the visitors out on their way to a convincing 27-0 bonus-point win which took them to the top of the standings.
Fiji confirmed lock Leone Nakarawa in their World Cup squad on Saturday, a day after he was cleared to enter New Zealand when he resigned his army commission.
Australia international James O'Connor has been asked to explain his absence from the Wallabies' World Cup squad announcement on Thursday.