4 Takeaways from the Springboks' clash against Wales in Washington DC

The attendance for the historic Test match between Wales and South Africa wasn't great. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

KweséESPN looks at four things that stood out in the historic Test match between Wales and South Africa in Washington DC.

Bad advertisement for the game of rugby in the United States

The organisers probably wish they had one of the those 'Men in Black' memory eraser thingies to zap the crowd after one of the most boring and error-strewn Test matches in the history of humankind.

It won't be too difficult to get everyone together, because the attendance was a bit of a joke as well, as there were plenty of empty seats at the RFK Stadium.

Watching on television in South Africa, it felt like I was trapped in some sort of twilight zone. It seemed like the cameramen were either drunk or hadn't actually covered a rugby match, while the teams looked they had never played with a wet ball before.

If I were an American who had attended a rugby match for the first time, I would have asked for my money back and been the first to start an "NFL Forever" fund.

Handré Pollard WILL start at flyhalf against England

Elton Jantjies and Rob du Preez were probably not going to start against England in Johannesburg anyway, but Jantjies' mediocre performance and Du Preez's calamitous cameo pretty much sealed their fate.

To be fair, the conditions were tough and Jantjies had to perform in a side featuring seven rookies who had less than a week to prepare for the clash. But the Lions flyhalf made some horrible unforced errors, and was again unable to stamp his authority at Test level.

Du Preez did well to slot a penalty straight after coming on for his Test debut. However, the two charge-down kicks that led to Wales' winning try will give him sleepless nights over the next few days.

Rookie mistake from Van Zyl cost Boks the game

Scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl didn't do Du Preez any favours in the minutes leading up to the charge downs. The Bulls scrumhalf kicked the leather off the ball from the base throughout the night, and should have cleared the ball himself in the Boks' 22 instead of feeding the Sharks flyhalf.

Other than that, though, Van Zyl actually had a good game. He was obviously playing under instructions as far as his kicking was concerned, but he also displayed some nice touches and cleared the ball well.

Good scrumhalfs are scarce in South Africa at the moment, but Van Zyl showed that he definitely has something to offer.

Rassie Erasmus definitely doesn't have a shortage of props and locks

The Boks' tight-five players were very impressive in a rather disjointed, stop-start affair. Rookie lock Jason Jenkins was fantastic both in the tight and the loose, carrying the ball aggressively and tackling everything that moved. He was also a great foil for free-spirited captain Pieter-Steph du Toit.

The Springboks' replacement front row also had the Welsh pack back peddling at a rate of knots in the second half, as they put on a lot of pressure at scrum time. The Boks already have quality players waiting to take on England next week, while Eben Etzebeth is preparing his biceps for his return to rugby after the June Tests.

Erasmus is truly spoiled for choice as far as his pack in concerned.