It’s time we go back to the drawing board — Kenya rugby 7s coach

Kenya Sevens team returned home to a lukewarm reception after participating in the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s.

Kenya managed 13 points from the two legs; eight in Vegas and five in Vancouver.

The Innocent led team are 12th in the standings with 40 points, 86 adrift of series leaders South Africa.

“We picked up valuable lessons. In terms of our target we under-performed. We came back with 13 points, and so we need to go back to the drawing board and work on the areas that need improvement,” said Simiyu adding that: “We were quite unfortunate at the Las Vegas 7s.

We only lost one game in the entire tournament, and we probably should have qualified. But it’s the nature of the game. In Vancouver we made two mistakes, which cost us.”

Kenya 7s journey in the current season has seen them collect 5 points in Dubai, 12 in Cape Town, 8 in Wellington, 2 in Sydney and 13 in Vegas and Vancouver. The boys have reached Main Cup quarters only once this season with the other five legs seeing them play in the challenge trophy that they managed to win only once, Wellington 7s.

Ideally, as of now at least two teams likely to win the circuit are known while battle for relegation has started to heat up.

There are only four legs to go where teams are expected to finalise their ambition of finishing at a better position but it looks like South Africa have taken it.

In April, action moves to Hong Kong where Kenya Sevens is in pool B with South Africa, Canada and France.

“In Hong Kong we have a good pool, for us the key thing is we have to qualify. The teams we have to play are all on the jam in the league, and any good performance against two of them can lift us to top 8,” said Simiyu, adding that: “It is something we have to take into consideration and hope our performance can go up there in Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Teams like Scotland, Kenya, Samoa and France who had fantastic performances in 2015/2016 season have fallen below standards. One can argue it’s because they were gearing up for Olympics but a nation like Scotland, who are Olympic silver medalist, are far from their last season’s performance.

After Hong Kong, Kenya Sevens will head to Singapore Sevens where they are the defending champions. However, in the current season Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand have failed to defend their cups from Dubai, Cape Town, Wellington and Sydney respectively.

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