Scotland coach Ian McGeechan believes that two narrow defeats to the Sprinboks prove that his side can again be a major power in world rugby.
Scotland competed well on their tour to South Africa
McGeechan, following the 28-19 loss in the second test, admitted that he was disappointed at not winning either match in the series despite being in winning positions in both matches.
But he believes that the Scots will now look forward to a World Cup knowing they can match many of the big international sides for passion and commitment.
"We did everything except win a Test match, which we really set out to do over here," McGeechan said.
"One of the players said in the changing rooms that we've had a very good two weeks here and he is right.
I believe they will be a match for any side in the months and years to come
Scotland coach Ian McGeechan
"It has been a good tour, because we knew when we came here that there would be no place to hide and we knew what we were going to get - and we only got
stronger in our time here.
"This is a very talented and committed squad and I believe they will grow in stature together and be a match for any side in the months and years to come."
A try early in the second half put the Boks ahead of the Scots and they never looked back as they finally held out to take the series.
But the manner in which they won left many questions unanswered, especially in the face of the quality produced by England and the All Blacks earlier in the day.
South Africa, booed off the field at half-time, were outscored four tries to three in a series most players and management would want to forget.
Captain Bryan Redpath was rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured elbow sustained during the defeat in Johannesburg.
He left the field early in the second half and was admitted to hospital for further tests.
Lock Nathan Hines will also require medical treatment for a shoulder injury.