Cross Keys' Rhys Jones can't prevent Wales Sevens defeat
CROSS Keys back Rhys Jones scored 11 points for Wales in their International Rugby Board Gold Coast Sevens Cup quarter-final showdown against South Africa but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 28-21 defeat.
Son of Newport Gwent Dragons forwards coach Kingsley Jones, the 26-year-old former Newport and Scarlets outside half and full back scored a try and kicked all of his side’s three conversions.
Wales’ other two touchdowns in the defeat to the Springboks were scored by Lee Williams and Chris Knight.
Coach Paul John's team then lost 12-7 to Kenya in the Plate semi-finals, Jones converting Adam Thomas’ try.
South Africa were beaten 24-19 in the semi-finals by Australia, who in turn went on to be crushed 40-19 by world champions New Zealand in the final.
Wales finished second in their pool to qualify for the last eight after beating Portugal 33-14 and Fiji 22-19 but losing 19-14 to Canada.
England finished third after beating Fiji 26-12 in their quarter-final before losing 14-5 to New Zealand in the last four round.
The tournament in Australia was the first of the 2013-14 HSBC World Sevens Series which has brought in a new promotion/relegation structure as the reduced version of the sport anticipates its Olympic debut in Rio in 2016.
Wales are one of 15 current core teams and relegation from this group will be decided at the end of the season.
The bottom team will go down while the promoted team will be the winner of a tournament between 12 regional qualifiers.
The next round takes place in Dubai between November 29 and 30.
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