Wounded Kenya 7s return home

National sevens team jetted back to Nairobi on Tuesday after the third and fourth rounds the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Wellington and Sydney 7s, where they had below par performances.

Kenya won challenge trophy in Wellington before finishing at a disappointing 14th place in Sydney after Canada’s defeat in the 13th place final.

Team captain Andrew Amonde admitted it was a tough outing saying:

“It has been a tough outing, we struggled in wellington main cup and it got worse in Sydney than what we expected. It’s a big call for us to go back to the drawing board and see what did not go well,”

Despite not performing well, Kenya Sevens were hosted to a breakfast meeting by their shirt sponsor Sportpesa at Ole Sereni Hotel upon arrival from Australia although it was not as high-key as the time they won in Singapore due to their performance in Oceania tour.

Head coach Innocent Simiyu says they will be looking to work on attack as he says two points were not enough in Sydney.

“In terms of results we didn’t get what we wanted but in terms of how we played we played better than the other two legs , If we can improve on our attack and also reduce the errors in defence and attack then I think we’ll be having a winning team.”

The team will next be in action during the fifth and sixth rounds of the series in Las Vegas from Mar 5 and Mar 11 in Vancover.

“It’s a good pool in Vegas, we’ve played those teams and lost to them this year, Russia we’ve beaten them ones. We believe we can top the pool as we have enough firepower to do so and we go back to the drawing board and see how it goes”, concluded Simiyu.

Photos by Sportpesa

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