That defeat meant Wales finished as runners-up in their Pool and were forced to face Spain in the quarter-finals. With a mounting injury list, that game was lost 14-5 as was the Plate semi-final against the French, 35-7.
Those two defeats meant it was impossible for the Welsh squad to finish in the top six, and book a trip to the World Cup finals, so the pressure was off in the game against Germany.
That was to decide who finished seventh or eighth in the final rankings. Wales ran out 20-0 victors in that game, but could only finish seventh overall.
"The game against Spain was the critical one and we could have won it. We were pressurizing their line and gave away an interception try that let them win," said Wales Women Coach Jason Lewis.
"We were hampered by losing two of our backs in the game against Italy through knee ligament injuries. Looking back, that probably stopped us from finishing in the top six.
"But the overall standard of rugby was very high and it is obvious that sevens rugby has taken off in the women's game. Some countries have made huge strides forward."