Welsh have England in their sights after record defeat of feeble Boks
Wales 27 South Africa 13
Bring on England! That was not quite the message after Wales finished off their rather confusing autumn series with this win against the wretched Springboks, but there is no doubt that the red-shirted victors are looking forward to the Six Nations and the visit of their old foes.
There may be 11 weeks to negotiate - as well as a trip to Rome for the opener - but the Welsh players were discussing the England confrontation straight after inflicting their record defeat over the Boks.
"We've already spoken about the Six Nations, and the next game at the Principality Stadium is England," scrum-half Gareth Davies said.
"We were fairly comfortable against South Africa, but I think we have got another couple of gears in us, and for us to beat England we are going to have to go through those. They are on great form, but I think it will be a hell of a game."
This was not a hell of a game; the South Africans were simply too poor. But Wales did what they had to, and in Justin Tipuric they had a man of the match who had them all talking in positive terms as they streamed out into the Cardiff night.
And following the opening 32-8 humiliation at the hands of Australia and the equally worrying 33-30 scare against Japan, three out of four was as much as caretaker coach Rob Howley could surely have hoped for.
Granted, the progress they have made hardly bears comparison to the great strides of England and Ireland, but there is something to build on.
This was their second home win in succession against the Boks, having only beaten them once in more than a century up to 2014, so it means plenty to the personnel.
"Our shape was a lot more accurate, we were a lot smarter but we can still improve a lot," said centre Jonathan Davies. "There are 13 players in the changing-room who have now beaten South Africa twice, and we can take a lot from that."
Howley also takes a few selection headaches into the festive period.
Having dropped Jamie Roberts, the previously immovable inside centre, in favour of Scott Williams, there is a growing sense that Sam Warburton should be next as Wales continue to develop their expansive approach.
Any team craving to be an attacking force would surely be crazy to overlook Tipuric.
The manner in which he finished off his try would have made every three-quarter proud. When Taulupe Faletau came on for the stricken Dan Lydiate, Tipuric was seemingly granted more freedom. And with Ross Moriarty enjoying a fantastic autumn, Warburton's starting place has never seemed more vulnerable.
Of course, much can happen in three months. What does seem definite is that the Boks' head coach Allister Coetzee will be relieved of his duties.
Hammered against England, beaten by Italy and Wales, they merit their standing as the worst Springboks in living memory. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)