Wales left the Adelaide Oval empty handed are eventual finalists USA handed them a 12-10 defeat in the quarter-finals of the IRB World Sevens series.
USA, who shocked England in their pool clash to make the knockout stages, showed patience, power and pace to repel the challenge of Wales. Wales were still in the hunt at halftime, thanks to a Darren Daniel try which restricted USA's lead to 7-5 after Marco Barnard scored an early converted try.
Wales hit the lead early in the second spell after USA were reduced to six players. Rhys Jones touched down and banged over the conversion to give Wales a 10-7 lead.
Wales held their lead until Zachary Pangelinan pounced to score in the ninth minute to rock Welsh hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
Wales then produced a flat performance in the semi-final of the Plate competition against South Africa to go down 29-0.
After five legs Wales are currently in 10th place on the points table with 24 points with New Zealand leading the way with 96 points, followed by the Adelaide winners Samoa who have accumulated 94.
Wales now head to Hong Kong for the next leg where they have drawn England, Japan and Hong Kong.
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
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