Wales hearts were broken after France clinched a last-gasp draw in the second pool game in the final round of the IRB World Series Emirates Airline Cardiff Sevens at the Millennium Stadium.
The host nation had the perfect start when Emyr Lewis shrugged off two tackles and skipped down the line to crash over.
They then extended their lead when Craig Richards carved open the French defence to register the second try of the match. Arwel Thomas improved as Wales raced into a sizeable 12-0 lead.
However, France exerted considerable pressure in the second period and were rewarded after Jerome Daret produced a moment of magic to touch down.
And then in the last minute Wales were dealt a hammer blow when Sylvain Mottet blitzed through the Wales defence to draw the scores level.
Worse could have followed, but Benazech missed the conversion to secure victory for France.
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.
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