Kenya Sevens team jetted back in Nairobi on Tuesday from Canada days after the conclusion of Vancouver and Las Vegas 7s.
In Vancouver, Kenya collected five points as a result of reaching Challenge trophy semis while in Vegas they took eight totaling to 13 from the American tour.
“Las Vegas we were quite unfortunate we only lost one game in the entire tournament we should have been able to qualify but it’s the nature of the game but when it came to Vancouver it can be summed to two mistakes that made us not to qualify.”
“In Vancouver, if you look at the England’s game it’s the yellow card (to Willy Ambaka) that cost us, made us lose control of the game and we couldn’t recover after that.”
In Vegas 7s Kenya lost 24-7 to New Zealand drew 14-14 with Argentina and beat Russia 12-10 while in Vancouver they lost 28-14 to England, 15-5 to South Africa and beat Chile 26-19.
“Against South Africa again a referee error when Bush(Mwale) kicked the ball. Ideally it changed the game as it was one minute to play and it would have changed the game.”
Kenya managed 13 points from the two legs; eight in Vegas and five in Vancouver as the series is slightly past mid-way. The Innocent boys are 12th in the standings with 40 points, 86 adrift of series leaders and unstoppable South Africa.
“We picked up lessons in terms of our target we under-performed in regards of our 20 points target per tour we came back with 13 so we need to go back to the drawing board and work on the areas that need to be improved,” added Simiyu.
Kenya managed to win Challenge trophy in Vegas by beating Samoa 21-14 but the later thrashed them in Vancouver’s challenge semis.
Next up for Shujaa is the Asia tour starting with Hong Kong 7s on 7-9 April, 2017.