Wales were beaten 43-7 by Australia in the semi-finals of the IRB under-21 World Cup, while in the other semi there was a huge shock as hosts South Africa knocked out favourites New Zealand by 19-18.
The results mean that Wales will again meet New Zealand, having lost to them only last week, in a third-place match.
For 62 minutes Wales were ravaged by Australian flanker Jone Tawake, a certain future senior cap, who scored one of his side's five tries and created three others.
Wales were 23-0 down at the interval and conceded a further try before hitting back with a good try by UWIC wing Nick Jones that Cardiff fly half Nicky Robinson converted.
However, Australia scored two more tries to wrap up a convincing victory.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference