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."
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