Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Sevens team jets back

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 19 – National sevens rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba has defended his side’s inconsistent performance at the Wellington and San Diego legs of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens Series.BENJAMIN_AYIMBAAyimba who masterminded Kenya’s first win over South Africa and defending series champions New Zealand last weekend said on Wednesday night said he had to try out new combinations before next month’s Rugby World Cup Sevens as well as utilizing all the players he took on tour.

“We cannot carry 12 players and play only seven. Of course we have our best seven but we need the other five to anchor them and that’s why players have to be swapped around,” said Ayimba shortly after the team arrived back from the two week tour.

“That results in the rhythm being lost and the consequences end up being that we lose games that are perceived to be simpler,” he added.

Kenya beat the Springboks 22-17 in Wellington after coming back from 12-5 down at half time and followed it up by thrashing New Zealand 22-7 in America a week later.

Kenya captain Humphrey Kayange believes that basic errors let them down on tour particularly in their losses against Scotland, Uruguay and the United States.

“In sevens, if you make a mistake the opponent goes ahead and punishes you for it and makes it hard to catch up,” said Kayange.

“In our losses against Scotland and Uruguay, they went ahead and slowed our game down completely so it’s just a matter of us concentrating from the start,” he added.

Kayange picked out kickoffs and set pieces as the areas they have to work on before they depart for Dubai.

“I think if we iron out those issues, I think we will head in to the World Cup with more confidence,” said Kayange.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The team will have a three day break before they resume training for sevens showpiece event.

The team which arrived on Wednesday was received by Sports Minister Helen Sambili, Sports Secretary Wilson Langat, Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch and the top brass of the Kenya Rugby Football Union (KRFU).

“You have done your country proud and I promise you that you will also benefit from the cash bonus scheme if you perform well at the Olympics,” said Sambili.

Kenya will take on inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens champions England, Hong Kong and Tunisia in Pool E of the tournament which will run from March 5-7.

Collins Injera has scored 20 tries so far this season and shares top spot with Australian Luke Morahan.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


More on Capital Sports


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon champion has been slapped with a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved