We are already in Sydney and very much looking forward to playing in this latest stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

We are still recovering our bodies, but training in search of getting better in the things that did not go our way in New Zealand.

The New Zealand stop was very special. It is a very special country for all of us Las Leonas and all of those global fans of rugby. It is the Mecca of rugby; a great country when it comes to rugby, more so for countries such as Spain.

It was an honour and a privilege to be able to live and enjoy in Hamilton the spirit, passion and energy that rugby has.

As I mentioned in my last column, I arrived with the joy of returning to New Zealand, to Hamilton, where I had been playing for the Waikato Rugby Union, catching up with old friends and competing in the same stadium I had played in.

Results-wise, I think we did what we had to do as Leonas, but we want more.

A deep look

We finished 10th and we continue to gather points that will lead to us staying in the sevens series, which is our goal. I do believe we could have been given more.

It was a pity that we didn’t manage to break into the top eight due to points difference, especially after conceding many points in the final minutes of the games against France and Canada. We had solid defence in the first half, but towards the end of both games, the score was broken and that pushed us out of the top eight.

It was an important win against Ireland, a great team against whom we managed to play better and raise our standard.

Our tournament finished with the game against China in this new competition format. Truth is that China are a team that, despite not being a core side in the series, are playing very well.

A change in their rugby programme is noticeable and I have the feeling they will have many chances of qualifying for next year’s series, even though there are many good teams and the standard is growing all the time.

China are a strong team that managed to beat us handsomely, which means we have to take a deep look at ourselves and continue working to be able to give the best of ourselves this weekend against France, Australia and, once again, Ireland.