Canada bundled Wales out of the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens tournament when winning the Plate semi-final 19-10 at Hong Kong Stadium.
A new look Wales squad only just managed to scrape through to the semi after clinching a nail-biting 22-21 victory over USA in the quarter-finals.
Wales claimed two points from the tournament to raise their IRB series total to eight with South Africa now having a comfortable lead at the top of the table with 84 points. England are second on 68 while Hong Kong victors Fiji leap-frog New Zealand into third place on 62 with the Kiwis (60) and Argentina (56) not far behind.
The next leg of the series heads for Australia for the three-day Adelaide Sevens on 3-5 April newly-crowned Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales facing New Zealand in Pool D on the Friday night.
Paul John's team beat Gordon Tietjens' side 15-14 in their World Cup quarter final and also overcame the Kiwis in Wellington in February, so there is much riding on the outcome of that match.
The other team's in Wales group are USA, who so nearly defeated Wales in Hong Kong, and the big hitting Tongans.
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