Ospreys skipper Ryan Jones knows his side were on the verge of making history in San Sebastien - but could only watch on as Dan Biggar's match winning drop goal attempt sailed wide.
The Welsh region fell 29-28 to Biarritz Olympique as another scintillating Heineken Cup quarter-final went down to the wire.
Again, it was the home side that prospered at the end of a see-saw battle of the highest calibre.
"We had plenty of other opportunities to have won the game comfortably," a downcast Jones told Sky Sports after the match.
"We don't come to arenas like this and get intimidated, we come to be brave and to play.
"I'm heartbroken for my team. We possibly deserved to get more out of the game than we got. It was two teams going at it hammer and tongs.
"Im always proud of my team and they have played with a lot of heart and courage - but sometimes you need a little bit more than that."
However Jones turned his attention to the remainder of a season that could still yield silverware via the Magners League. He said. "There is still some rugby left this season but our Heineken Cup dream is over."
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.