Well, that's the end of another Rugby World Cup campaign for Wales after we lost to Argentina in the quarter-final.

But if you were to cast your mind back to less than 12 months ago, there were many of us - myself included - would not have expected the team to even progress from the pool stage.

We know the squad had put in the hard work during their fitness camps in Switzerland and Turkey. That's something that I could identify with from my time at Pontypool, under my old coach Ray Prosser, who impressed on us his philosopy of 'use fitness against your opponents as if it were a weapon'.

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But it was still wishful thinking that that hard work, combined with a measure of Galtand's magic would perhaps take us through to another semi-final.

I suppose four wins out of four in the pool stages is a damn sight better than just scraping through and, when you think about it, we did capture the imagination of the rugby public along the way. But the quarter-final was a game we should have won.

We should have been able to defend a 10-point lead. The team lost their focus and didn't take match-winning opportunities when they presented themselves. I think Rio Dyer did really well to create that opportunity for Louis Rees-Zammit late on, only for the winger to be squeezed out it in the corner.

But where we really lost out to Argentina was in the areas that they get right. We had enough opportunities to have won the game but our set-pieces let us down badly. Back in the day, we used to pride ourselves on the scrum.

Up until the quarter-final, we had a World Cup to be proud of. Picking ourselves up from all the unnecessary negativity that we'd had thrown at us during the year was commendable - and you've got to give full credit to them for that.

But apart from that, what an amazing weekend of rugby it was. There were certainly two games that were worthy of being the World Cup final itself and a third one that definitely had you on the edge of your seat, on the basis that I support Wales and anyone else playing England.

For the unbiased spectator, Ireland v New Zealand was so exhilarating. For Ireland to go through nearly 40 phases of attack before they lost their composure was amazing. It was only to be bettered by New Zealand, who managed to withstand their assault.

For Ireland to be described as perennial underperformance at this stage sounds rather feeble. It was probably only the All Blacks who could have held them out, but unfortunately it was them that they were playing.

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Both teams played at such a high tempo and accuracy for the whole game. If Ireland were playing anyone else they would undoubtedly be through to the semis.

The France v South Africa game was played in a similar vein. After believing I'd seen it all in rugby, this was one game where I saw two things I've never seen before. The first was a charged down conversion from Cheslin Kolbe and the second was the Springboks opting to take a scrum instead of a kick after the mark had been called.

Both teams appreciate the value of having a powerful scrum in their armoury. So you can imagine what a former front row forward like myself made of that. It was the sheer power of the Springbok forwards and the presence of Eben Etzebeth that tipped the balance in their favour, as well as their ability to hold the fort in his absence after he had been yellow carded.

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They were both high intensity games for which the teams would have generated a great deal of adrenaline. The question now is are New Zealand and South Africa capable of generating the same adrenaline again, or were those games their World Cup finals?

If you cast your mind back to the Japan World Cup, England beat New Zealand in their semi-final and they couldn't raise it against South Africa in the final. It seemed then that they had already played their final against the All Blacks.

I don't expect the semi-finals to be played at the same intensity as the quarters, but I just hope the same thing doesn't happen to the Springboks or New Zealand.

But in saying that, we've already had our money's worth, with another cup final now to look forward to.