After three good performances had all ended in narrow defeats, Wales Under-19's crashed out by 49-0 to a fit and strong South Africa Schools team at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.
Played as a curtain-raiser to the South Africa-Australia Tri-Nations match, it was the home side who rose to the occasion.
Wales were behind at 8-0 when centre Stephen Ireland (Cardiff) was sin-binned for a tackle that also saw South Africa given a penalty try.
South Africa raced away in the second half to score 34 points without reply, though the Welsh pack battled hard to no avail.
Coach Dai Rees said afterwards: "South Africa is a notoriously difficult place to come to and win, but we asked for a tough itineray and that's what we got.
"We now know what a huge challenge we will have in the Junior World Cup next Easter."
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.