The just concluded tournaments in Dubai and South Africa didn’t occur quite well with the National Rugby Sevens head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu’s expectations as his charges failed to hit the benchmark.
While Kenya Sevens aimed for 20 points from the two outings the team bagged 17 points emerging 10th in the World Sevens Series standings. They picked 12 points in South Africa and five from Dubai. Three points shy the benchmark.
“Our target has been to win 10 points per tour but with the results we either are on track or off the track depending on our performance benchmark.”
Simiyu outlined some of the areas his charges ought to work on to avoid more “errors that cost the team valuable points” ahead of Wellington Sevens slated for January 28-29,2017.
“Of course we need to manage these areas being kick off reception and defense. Defense requires a lot of effort in terms of agility; we also need to work on our fitness.”
“It takes time but at the end of the day we could have a very good defense. Execution is dependent on individual’s fitness, skills and mental awareness.”
“There are those areas we still need to work on in terms of capacity of the players so that we can improve the system”.
However despite being three points off the target Simiyu was still impressed with his charges’ performance in both the tournaments.
He lauded his team for the “good” impression as well as commending the three debutants, Martin Owila,Darwin Mukidza ,Brian Tanga. He acknowledged their impact.
“They played very well and we would want to build on that performance”.
Meanwhile Kenya will play Argentina, England and a 16th team to be invited by World Rugby in Pool A at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Sevens Pools:
Pool A: England, Kenya, Argentina, 16th team
Pool B: South Africa, Fiji, Australia, Japan
Pool C: New Zealand, USA, France, Samoa
Pool D: Scotland, Wales, Russia, Canada