Wales beat Scotland (above) in the Bowl semifinal, but stumbled to defeat in the final against Canada.
Wales's disappointing campaign in the Hong Kong leg of the IRB Sevens World series continued until the bitter end with a crushing 35-19 defeat to Canada in the Bowl final.
Paul John's men entered the tournament on the back of an encouraging campaign in the Australian leg a week earlier where they made the quarter-finals of the main draw.
However a week can prove a long time in Sevens and so it proved in Hong Kong. Wales suffered a shock defeat to crowd favourites Hong Kong in pool play before a sound defeat to England dropped Wales to third place in the pool.
Dumped into the Bowl, Wales looked on course for their third title of the series when they defeated Argentina 17-12 in the quarter-final with second half tries by Craig Hill, Ifan Evans and Nicky Thomas earning a semi-final showdown against Scotland.
A comfortable 26-7 victory with tries by Aaron Brawell, Alex Cuthbert, Lee Rees and Rhys Webb took Wales into the Bowl final and within sight of further silverware. However they were on the receiving end of another shock with Canada recording a boilover.
Wales never got out of first gear as Thyssen de Goede, Chauncey O'Toole, Ciaran Hearn and Philip Mack raced over for tries. With Mack adding 10 points with his boot, Canada were in command at halftime with 28-0 lead.
Rhys Shellard, Lee Rees and Ifan Evans hit back in the second half for Wales but Conor Trainor's touchdown sealed the Canadians a famous victory.
Wales Sevens squad: Lee Rees (Scarlets), Chris Morgan (Aberavon), Lloyd Williams (Blues), Rhys Jones (Cornish Pirates), Ifan Evans (Llandovery), Craig Hill (Newport), Rhys Shellard (Cardiff), Darren Daniel (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Jevon Groves (Cross Keys), Alex Cuthbert (UWIC), Aaron Bramwell (Pontypridd).
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