Owen Williams raced over for four tries on day one in Port Elizabeth.
Wales let slip a golden opportunity of claiming a major scalp on day one of the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens in the pool decider against Fiji.
After securing victories over Zimbabwe and Portugal, Wales jumped out to a 14-0 lead against the world series pacesetters but Fiji showed why they are such a force to be reckoned with in the abbreviated game to roar back with five unanswered tries to record a 29-14 triumph.
Wales will begin day two in the Cup quarter-finals with a match against Samoa who topped Pool A with wins over England, Argentina and USA. Paul John's men have played the South Sea Islanders once this campaign, winning the Plate Final 26-15 in the opening leg of the HSBC World Series in Australia two weeks ago.
Earlier Owen B Williams also scored twice in both of Wales' victories - 42-7 against Zimbabwe and 34-7 over Portugal - to set up the crucial decider against Fiji.
Despite the defeat to Fiji, Wales Sevens head coach Paul John was delighted to see his young side reach the main draw for the second day's action.
He said, "It was a great achievement by the side to get through to the quarter finals for the third week on the trot. It was fully deserved as I thought they played well all day.
"We got two good wins against Zimbabwe and Portugal - who won the FIRA competition in the summer. Once again we pushed Fiji all the way, going 14-0 up. With the opportunity to go further ahead we made a couple of unforced errors and they showed what a great team they are to fully capitalise.
"We now have another opportunity tomorrow against Samoa who topped their group. It would be a great achievement to go at least one step further tomorrow. This side has already proved they are a match for anyone when they believe in themselves."
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