Las Leonas are very happy being in Cape Town and the way we were welcomed by everybody here.
It was incredible from the moment we landed – waiting for us at the airport was a magician pulling tricks, and with the philosophy of “anything can happen”, the hospitality has been overwhelmingly positive.
These days after Dubai are tough because we are feeling the tiredness, back-to-back tournaments is very hard but we are very happy to be able to play this tournament in Cape Town.
This is the first time that we have a women’s tournament here and we are excited, having been able to sample the legacy of Nelson Mandela as we went to Robben Island.
This is certainly a rugby nation and being here you quickly learn how society feels about the game. It is nice to feel and live this.
When it comes to the actual playing side, our campaign starts on Friday against France, a team we know very well from Europe and we get on with them really well. But they are a hard opponent and they beat New Zealand for only the second time last weekend in Dubai, which makes they a very hard team to beat.
On Saturday we will play against Canada, who we beat in Glendale but that in no way means they are an easy team as they are very strong at the breakdown, which means we will have to be very focused and make sure we take each opportunity.
Finally, we’ll have Brazil, recently promoted to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. This proves that they have some good players and have been working hard doing the right things and we must ensure that we control the pace of the game and deny them opportunities with the ball in the hand.
The goal is to again reach the Cup quarter-finals, for the fifth tournament in row.