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Dubai 7s flop: Treu, KRU with case to answer

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SIKUTA-AUSTRALIANAIROBI, December 6- The pressure is now on head coach Paul Treu and Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) after Shujaa once again fell to Canada in the Shield final at Dubai sevens to cap another woeful outing.

Seeking to improve after going down to the same opponents also in the Shield Final of the Gold Coast 7s in Australia, Kenya’s abysmal performance saw the team register only a single victory in six matches in the desert sun.

Kenya’s second day begun with a comprehensive 45-0 pasting at the hands of ruthless Samoa who gave Treu’s charges a bitter lesson by running in seven tries against Oscar Ayodi’s effort before the team beat Brazil 22-7 in the Shield semis for their only victory in Dubai.

Skipper Andrew Amonde, Ayodi, Mugaisi and Opondo crossed the whitewash for Kenya with a single conversion from the boot of Onsumu against Brazil.

Canada then defeated Kenya 19-12 in the Shield final scoring three tries to two, including a double by Justin Douglas. Andrew Amonde and Leonard Mugaisi crossed for Kenya.

“We will await the official analysis from the coach and leadership on #Dubai7s however it has been a disappointing one for us. #Kenya7s,” Kenya Rugby 24/7 tweeted after the crushing tour.

“It’s a positive finish for the guys,” said Canada head coach Liam Middleton. “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for us this weekend. A few of our technical aspects need to improve for next week but definitely some areas to build on. ”

Earlier, Canada advanced to the final after defeating Japan 29-14. Sean Duke bagged a double in the win to become Canada’s leading all-time points corer overtaking Dave Moonlight.

On Friday, Kenya came out winless from Pool C after losing to surprise finalists Australia, England and USA who are handled by Treu’s predecessor, Mike Friday who led them to a fifth finish in the 2012 season.

The results fry in the face of KRU’s stated mission of ‘Road to Rio 2016’ which was to have the team clinch one of the top-four places in the HSBC World Series to qualify automatically for the Brazil Olympics where rugby sevens will be making a debut.

South African Treu and some members of his technical bench from his nation were hired on lucrative contracts at the end of 2012 to realise the Olympics dream but a year and a half on to their tenure, the team is yet to click to gear.

KRU boss Mwangi Muthee who has staunchly defended the South African has a job in his hand to explain the side’s slump.

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