Wales were eliminated from the Bowl competition of the San Diego Leg of the IRB World Sevens series after losing a close with match Australia at the semi-final stage.
Australia sneaked that match 26-24 before going on to crush France 40-nil in a one sided final.
Wales high hopes of success in the states were dashed on a disappointing Day 1 that began badly with a 35-14 defeat to Sevens specialists Fiji.
Results did not improve for Wales as they slumped to a 20-5 loss to eventual Cup winners Argentina in the second match of the day - a result that meant they would only contest for the Bowl on Day 2.
A stirring 57-nil win over Mexico completed the first day's play but the win was too little too late for Dai Jenkins' side.
Finishing behind Fiji and Argentina meant Wales went into the Bowl for day two where they faced Japan in the quarter-finals.
Wales outscored Japan by four tries to two to beat them 28-12 and reach the Bowl semi final against Australia.
The Aussies got off to a flier before a late flurry of tries by Wales saw them score three tries in the dying minutes to come within two points but Australia held out for a 26-24 victory.
Australia raced over for four tries before Wales mounted a late rally through Rhys Webb who sped over for two tries and Tal Selley.
Wales were looking to build on the recent success of reaching the Cup quarter-finals of the Wellington leg of the tour where, for the first time in history, Wales came away from a tournament having lowered the colours of Both New Zealand and Fiji.
Their next outing will be at the World Cup in Dubai in the first week in March, and, in an exiting development fans will be able to watch the tournament online. Click here for more information.
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