Henson took a step closer to fulfilling his dream of playing in the World Cup after being named in Wales' preliminary 45-man party for the global showpiece in New Zealand on the same day he returned to Test rugby after a two-year absence.
Henson made his first international appearance since the 2009 RBS 6 Nations finale against Ireland when playing in the Millennium Stadium clash.
The 29-year-old, who had started just three games this season, put in a steady but not spectacular performance, although he did set up Wales' opening try for George North.
While he appears some way short of his best, Wales coach Warren Gatland is looking forward to continuing to work with the former Saracens and Ospreys man as he starts the process of trimming his panel down to 30 players by the deadline of August 22.
Gatland said: "He looked a bit rusty at times but I thought there were some really nice touches. He held his depth well and there was a lovely pass to put George North away for a try and that's the quality he has got.
"There were a couple of (poor) kicks, but he knows he is a bit off at the moment - but he showed some nice touches.
"We want to work with him the next few months. He has been good the last few weeks and it's frustrating that every press conference the story is about Gavin.
"Let him play some rugby and work hard and see what shape we can get him in."
Henson had admitted himself that he had not been at his best, saying he was "bitterly disappointed" with his performance.
He told BBC Wales: "I am very proud today, getting back into that Welsh jersey.
"I have really enjoyed the week, getting back in and playing today.
"But I am bitterly disappointed with my performance, there were some bad decisions I made.
"It was a good game to be involved in and it was a pity we lost in the end."
Other notable selections in Gatland's squad include the back-row triumvirate of Martyn Williams, Andy Powell and Gareth Delve.
Cardiff Blues flanker Williams played for the Barbarians in Saturday's contest, having been left out of the Wales squad for the RBS 6 Nations.
There had been doubts over whether Williams, who has 98 Wales caps to his name, would reach his century, but he now has a chance to do so with Wales having three August Tests on the horizon against England (twice) and Argentina before heading to New Zealand.
Powell, who recently joined Sale after leaving Wasps in the wake of a bar-room incident which left him needing stitches in a head wound, is also handed a chance to stake a claim although Gatland is unsure of his availability for the July training camps in Poland as English clubs are not set to release their players to Wales until August 4.
Delve, meanwhile, has been in the international wilderness since announcing his intention to join the Melbourne Rebels in the wake of the 2010 Six Nations.
But his impressive form as the Rebels vice-captain in Super Rugby sees the former Gloucester player included.
Gatland said: "We have watched a few of Gareth's games.
"He has about a month more rugby to go as the Rebels aren't having such a great time, but he has been involved in the squad before and is playing in the southern hemisphere and is used to the conditions.
"He has acclimatised and he may force his way in to the 30-man squad."
Ospreys lock Ian Gough misses out, as does his regional colleague Dan Biggar. The stand-off's poor regional form sees uncapped Newport Gwent Dragons pivot Jason Tovey preferred to him and new Wasps signing Nicky Robinson as the fourth fly-half.
"We have been impressed with Jason and watched him closely," said Gatland.
"He is a left-foot kicking option and has a good kicking game.
"But if you look at the kicking (at goal) percentage of the 10s available to us, that is an area he can work on.
"He is in the high 50s with his kicking percentage, Nicky is in the low 60s, and you look at guys like Stephen Jones and James Hook who are kicking at almost 80% accuracy.
"To win Test match rugby you need to kick your goals at the highest level. We have been impressed with his general play and he has done enough in attack to be selected."
Alongside Tovey, the other uncapped players in the squad are Scarlets lock Lou Reed and Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric with all 22 players who featured against the Baa-Baas being included in the party.
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