Rugby Rugby

Treu makes three changes for SA


INJERA-SANAIROBI, Kenya, December 2 – Kenya Sevens head coach Paul Treu has made three changes ahead of the third round of the HSBC World Series, the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s, that will run this weekend in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Injuries and school commitments to several key players have forced the South African coach to call up new players as he prepares to travel to his home town for the games.

Strathmore Leos Billy Odhiambo, Mwamba’s Dan Sikuta and Western Bull’s Davis Chenge makes a comeback to the team to replace Philip Wamae and Michael Wanjala who are unavailable because of injury while Patrice Agunda has returned home to sit for his end of year exams.

Dubai was a good learning step for Treu and his technical bench who are barely three weeks old with the team.

The coach admitted the players will take time to adapt his style of play as he builds the 2016 Olympics team.

“I know it will take a while for the players to adopt my new coaching philosophy but the players have grown their own pace, we just want to set our own milestone and target.

“The players are a pleasure to work with and our supporters are so grateful about the team and we just want to give back and make our nation proud,” Treu said after Kenya bowed out of the Dubai 7s in the plate semi-finals to Wales.

Kenya started the preliminary matches well beating a hard fighting Portugal 10 – 7 before white washing France 14 -5 and eventually losing to New Zealand 40-0.

Treu who lost 21-12 to Blitz Bokke in the Main Cup quarters, will once again face his former charges in Group B before battling it out with Canada and Spain.