Mike Ruddock says he is satisfied with the two wins in his debut as Wales coach.
Ruddock and his squad returned from a three-match tour of Argentina and South Africa on Monday, with the coach saying the extensive travel and high altitude proved costly in the 18-53 mauling by the Springboks in Pretoria on Saturday.
"We're obviously disappointed we lost the last Test as poorly as we did, but even a top athlete would struggle to compete well in Argentina and then go to the high veldt in South Africa and compete well there.
"Ireland won the Triple Crown and were in camp in South Africa for three weeks. They had a first-string team, but they were well beaten in both Tests.
"Before the tour, we would have settled for two out of four and if you count the Barbarians match as part of the package, we won two out of four.
"We haven't beaten the Barbarians for a while and we haven't won away from home for a while, and we achieved both of those things."
Eight players - Barry Davies, Nathan Brew, Tal Selley, Andy Williams, Steve Jones, Rhys Thomas, Peter Sidoli and Richie Pugh - didn't get a run on the tour, and Ruddock said in hindsight he should have tested one or two of them against South Africa.
"If I'd had a crystal ball and foreseen that a couple of the guys wouldn't be up to it on Saturday, I could have started a couple of the younger guys, but it wasn't something I was keen to do.
"We've beaten South Africa once in 125 years, we'd just come over from a hard tour of Argentina and we were at altitude, so I don't think it would have been the best place for a young player to start his international career.
"Having said that, the tour wasn't a waste of time for those boys and they'll be in the mix for the four autumn games."
Wales U20 duo Leon Brown and Lloyd Lewis face a busy couple of weeks ahead. Not only will they have a Junior World Championship to take part in, they are both sitting A Level exams during the competition.
Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
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All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.