Australia’s women’s rugby team have shown themselves to be true champions after a brilliant act was revealed after their latest win.
Australia’s Rugby Sevens teams has earned plenty of praise after recent performances but it’s also got nothing to do with their brilliant performances.
The women’s side are on an unbelievable run, winning its third gold medal from the last four tournaments in the 2021/22 World Rugby Sevens series, and moved 18 points clear on top of the world rankings.
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The side underperformed by its lofty standards at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, knocked out in the quarterfinals by Fiji in a heartbreaking 14-12 loss.
Since then, the Aussie women have been unstoppable, rampaging through tournaments.
The Aussie mens side has performed well too, winning silver at two of the last four tournaments, including the weekend’s matches as South Africa continue a clean sweep of the season so far.
While winning is becoming habit for the Aussies, it hasn’t stopped them from helping out to clean up the stadium following their celebrations.
Video was quickly shared from the event as both women’s and men’s Aussie stars picked up confetti after their celebration.
The official HSBC Spain Sevens Twitter account posted the video, writing that both Aussies teams were “Champions on and off the field”.
63-Test former Wallaby Dan Vickerman tweeted: “Cleaning the sheds” x 10! Compete in an exhausting final. Mop up the mess. Classy touch @Aussie7s.”
Two-time Sevens Olympian for Brazil Isadora Cerullo added: “Champions helping clean up after the celebrations. Just one of many reasons why rugby is different”.
A Spanish rugby fan tweeted: “This demonstrates the greatness of a team. Australia helping to collect the confetti right after winning @Spain7sSeries. True gesture of champions.” The tweet was also shared by Rugby.com.au.
Women’s captain Demi Hayes said the Aussie side wanted to prove any doubters wrong after finishing third at the previous tournament in Malaga.
“The belief we have as a squad and a team was really what drove us to the win over Ireland,” captain Demi Hayes said.
“As a team, we were disappointed with how we went in Malaga, so Seville was a tournament we wanted to win at, and I’m proud of the team for achieving this.
“As we look to our next tournament, our key here will be to continue to build consistency as a group; once we achieve this, the wins will take care of themselves.”
Aussie Dominique Du Toit was named player of the match in the final.
Du Toit, who started on the bench, broke through the Irish defence for an individual try with only two minutes remaining to lock up the scores.
Faith Nathan crashed over for the matchwinner to deny Ireland a fairytale finish in its first Cup final.
“It was a great final. We always said Ireland were a fighting team and they certainly did fight to the end, but it was awesome to see our girls out there fighting just as hard to the end with that final try,” Du Toit said.
Meanwhile, the Aussie men’s side went undefeated on the road to the grand final, knocking off heavyweights Argentina and the USA.
They couldn’t continue their winning ways in the decider, though, and were defeated 33-7 by the unstoppable South African Blitzboks.
The Aussie women will hope to maintain their stronghold on the competition in late April when they travel to Langford, Canada for the next leg of the series.
The men, meanwhile, are aiming to go one better in Singapore in early April.
Originally published as ‘Classy’ Aussie women win Spanish Rugby Sevens round, clean up their mess