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Heroes welcome for sevens team

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 8 – National rugby sevens captain Humphrey Kayange believes mistakes against Argentina cost his side a place in the main cup final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Saturday.

RUGBY_SEVENSKayange said that his side was obviously disappointed not to have reached the summit of the tournament but were heartened by the spirit they showed throughout the three day competition.

“We had too many mistakes against Argentina but credit to the side we played our hearts out. We didn’t reach the main cup but we are quite happy with where we reached,” said Kayange who spoke after the team’s arrival on Sunday.

The Kenyan skipper added that knocking out defending champions Fiji in the main cup quarters was no mean feat as they were driven by the thought of reaching the semis.

“It felt very good to beat Fiji especially being the only side that we hadn’t beaten, it was a step in the right direction. Right now we have to work on the concentration when playing smaller teams,” said Kayange.

National coach Benjamin Ayimba was elated with his team’s performance despite not achieving his primary goal of coming home with the Melrose Cup.

“It’s a very, very big achievement for us. It is something that we had gone over with the players for a very long time,” said Ayimba.

As for the rest of the season, Ayimba said that his benchmark of six points in each of the remaining four legs of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens Series.

“My demands of the series are still the same. If we continue to get six points I’ll be happy,” said Ayimba.

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Wales were the eventual winners of the tournament beating the Pumas 19-12 in a day that saw favourites New Zealand, England and South Africa also bundled out in the main cup quarter final stage.

“The game has grown in leaps and bounds. For a sport that is very unpredictable, it shows that anyone can really make it in sevens,” said Ayimba.

The team will rest for eight days before resuming training for the Hong Kong Sevens to be held on March 27-29.

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