Wales were knocked out of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas by eventual champions Samoa in a hard fought quarter-final in the IRB World Sevens Series.
Wales were locked 5-5 at halftime thanks to a try by Aaron Bramwell but the Samoans raced over for two second half tries to earn a 17-10 victory. Rhys Shellard scored a late try for Wales but they ran out of time as the South Sea Islanders kept their line intact for the last minute.
Wales had the perfect start to the game when Bramwell raced over in the first minute. The men in red held the dangerous Samoans at bay for several minutes but eventually Alafoti Fa'osiliva spotted a gap to cross over.
Fa'osiliva raced over immediately after the halftime break to give Samoa a 12-5 lead after Lolo Lui added the conversion.
Fautua Otto added a try in the sixth minute to put clear daylight between the two sides for the first time. Shellard went over late on but Samoa held on to move into the semis where they beat Australia 14-12 before producing a superb display to beat New Zealand 33-12 in the final.
Wales then moved into the Plate where Fiji cruised to a 32-0 victory after leading 17-0 at the break.
The Cup victory was only Samoa's fourth in the 11-year history of the IRB Sevens World Series and moved them up to second behind New Zealand in the 2009/10 World Series standings, just ahead of Fiji in third. Wales are now ninth in the overall standings with 18 points.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.