Refreshed Women's Sevens looking for Hamilton bounce back

Wed, Jan 18, 2023, 10:21 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Australian Women's Sevens have won their third World Series title in Seville taking the final 17-12 against ireland.

The Australia Women's Sevens is eager to make hosts New Zealand 'feel the heat' as they look to claim the Hamilton Sevens for the first time.

Tim Walsh's side flew out of the gates in Cape Town before falling to the Black Ferns Sevens 31-14 in the Final.

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Despite this, Walsh was taking the positives out of the event, rejecting suggestions they will be fueled by revenge.

“It was a great tournament for us,” Walsh insisted to reporters.

“We didn’t get the result we would like but to concede zero points for the first four games, I felt like we played some really good Rugby and got outplayed in the Final…We need to make sure we’re always improving and adapting our game as well.

“I think the girls are really internally driven. I don’t think a loss is going to take them to a new level. There’s always that burning desire to win no matter who it is against but you look at the history and the battles we’ve had with New Zealand, it’s epic so there’s always a bit of passion.

“You can’t always win. Every win is one closer to a loss so we’re going to continue on our processes, we have tremendous belief in that and we’re looking to peak perform in Hamilton and then Sydney.”

The squad is back to full fitness ahead of back-to-back events after Lily Dick and Tia Hinds overcame knocks.

Hamilton is one of the few places the Aussies are yet to come away with the trophy, eliminated in the semi-finals by Canada.

Dom Du Toit and the side are embracing the 'hunter' tag in what could be the final event in NZ amid a 'World Series reimagination'

“I think we’ve prepared really well and stayed grounded through a great season,” Du Toit believes.

“(Tim) Walshy has done well in making sure we stay consistent throughout all our tournaments.

“I think off the back of a loss in Cape Town, it gives us more drive especially with it being a home event for New Zealand so the pressure is back on them having won the last one.

“It’s nice not to have that pressure but we’re excited to put it to them and make them feel the heat.”

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