Assistant coach Clive Griffiths admits it has been difficult watching Wales go from Grand Slam heroes to also-rans in only the space of 12 months.
Wales head into their final RBS 6 Nations Championship game against title-chasing France looking to rescue something from a difficult campaign, which has been dominated by the departure of coach Mike Ruddock and littered with injuries.
So far they have lost to England and Ireland, and last weekend drew 18-18 with Italy to give the Azzurri their first away point since they joined the torunament in 2000.
Now a win over France at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday would put a gloss on a fairly forgettable season for the Welsh.
Griffiths said: "Last year we had all the luck and all the play. This year we have had disastrous luck with injuries.
"A few decisions haven't gone our way and there have been three or four tries we have conceded that shouldn't have been given.
"It's not our year. It would have been a magnificent achievement to have back-to-back Grand Slams or championships. But realistically it was always going to be difficult with England and Ireland away.
"Last year does seem a long time ago. But that's sport - you only have to look what's happened with English cricket.
"They have had the highs of the Ashes and now they are experiencing the lows in Pakistan and India. It's after the Lord Mayor's Ball. It happens."
Last year Wales pulled off one of the great comebacks to win a famous game at the Stade de France.
And Griffiths is expecting a similar challenge from a France team that has yet to hit top form despite their 31-6 trouncing of England.
"I think it's a similar scenario to last season. They weren't firing on all cylinders. They were a bit 50-50 in their play.
"And you saw that last weekend. When they put it together they were formidable and when they didn't they looked very ordinary.
"We have got to make sure we nail them down to the floor and make sure there are a lot of ordinary moments on the weekend."
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.