Cardiff welcome Biarritz Olympique to the Arms Park on Saturday evening boosted by their demolition of Bridgend.
And Cardiff coach, former Wales captain Dai Young, has named himself amongst the replacements for the big match.
"This is going to be a big test of where we are on the European stage. We still have a lot of things to work on but we are playing the sort of rugby that will help us compete against most teams.
"We play Biarritz at home and then go to Ulster and we know we have to step up a few rungs on the ladder if we are going to compete with the likes of Biarritz," said Young.
"We have a young team that is still developing and gaining experience and, hopefully, the only way for us will be up."
Cardiff make five changes from the side that beat Bridgend. Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen and Iestyn Harris return to a back-line that includes Rhys Williams, and Craig Morgan.
Peter Rogers will play at loose-head, and in a positional switch Nack Walne moves back to the wing from outside centre.
Cardiff: Rhys Williams; Nick Walne, Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen, Craig Morgan; Iestyn Harris, Ryan Powell; Peter Rogers, Andrew Lewis, Ken Fourie, Heino Senekal, John Tait, Rob Appleyard, Dan Baugh, Martyn Willaims (captain)
David Young, Greg Woods, Adam Jones, Dan McShane, Richard Smith, Nicky Robinson, Anthony Sullivan.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series