Dominique Du Toit hopes lightning will strike again at the Sydney Sevens this weekend when the third leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Series swings into action.
The lightning quick Australian winger was referring to last year’s historic triumph when both the Australian men’s and women’s teams emerged champions on their home turf. The Australian men defeating South Africa 29-0 in the
Cup final while their female compatriots took the silverware with a crushing 31-0 victory over arch-rivals New Zealand.
“The 2018 Sydney Sevens was a dream, now the challenge is to go back-to-back,” Du Toit wrote in her exclusive column for World Rugby.
“In relation to rugby, you certainly couldn’t get a more special moment than playing in front of a home crowd filled with family and friends and the Aussie women’s and men’s sevens teams getting the double win…. Aaah the 2018 Sydney Sevens was a dream,” said Du Toit.
Last year was also extra special for the Australian women’s team as they went through the entire tournament without conceding one point. It was the first time that a team had done it.
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“Last year definitely set the platform high coming into 2019 and I know that no one is expecting any team to do that again any time soon. But wouldn’t it be crazy if we did it again this year. I don’t want to be arrogant or greedy, though I would be over the moon with the win, regardless of whether or not we kept the opposition to donuts.”
Australia are grouped with China, USA and Spain in the preliminaries at the Sydney Sevens.
“All three of the teams in our pool are super-physical but I think the USA will be the toughest team to match physically. They are a lot bigger than the Aussie team but we have proven many times that we can beat a team with speed skills and smarts,” Du Toit added.
The Australian women are placed fourth in the ladder after the opening two legs in Glendale and Dubai. The Black Ferns who won both legs sit on top with a maximum 40 points followed by Canada, 34, USA, 32 and Australia, 28.
Like in the men’s series, the top four teams at the end of the series, automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Sitting in fourth on the ladder, we will be aiming for nothing less than the gold this weekend to put us in a better position to qualify for the Olympics. We have put in the hard yards and now we are ready to show ‘em,” Du Toit concluded.