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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made
The Welsh Rugby Union has released a specially produced video to spearhead a new campaign to help promote the values of rugby union. The video, entitled Let us Play underpins the WRU rugby department's philosophy - to engage, transfer and retain players, coaches and referees.