Tal Selley races away from the New Zealand defence at Westpac Stadium.
Wales earned their first points of the IRB Sevens series campaign courtesy of a runners-up spot in the Plate final against South Africa in Wellington, New Zealand.
Paul John's side had failed to register a single point from their previous two outings in Dubai and George but they rectified that with an emphatic victory over tournament favourites New Zealand in the pool stages on day one.
Their hopes of further success will be boosted after brushing aside another giant of the abbreviated game, Fiji in the Plate semi-finals with a hard earned 14-12 victory on day two.
Earlier, in the knock-out stages Wales were pipped at the quarter-final stage with a narrow 10-7 defeat to the rapdily immproving Kenyan side.
The Kenyans scored an unconverted try in each half, to Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange, to lead 10-0. But Wales refused to cave in and when Aled Thomas raced over for a converted try, the men in red sniffed a chance of reaching the semi-final but the Kenyans withstood the late challenge.
Having stunned Fiji in the Plate semis, Wales found South Africa one hurdle too many as the current series leaders prevailed 26-12 in the consolation final.
Newport flanker Craig Hill and Scarlets scrum-half Lee Williams scored tries for Wales but the South Aficans scored four tries through Renfred Dazel, Paul Delport, Vuyo Zangqa and Frankie Horne to edge four points in front of England at the top of the overall points table.
Wales collected six points for their efforts at the Westpac Stadium to move off the bottom of the table.
The next leg of the IRB Sevens series takes place on 14-15 February in America at San Diego's PETCO Park.
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
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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