Shujaa keen to correct errors in Cape Town

Monday, December 9th, 2019 00:00 |
Kenya’s Willy Ambaka and Oscar Ayodi celebrate a try during a past Rugby Sevens Series. Photo/PD/FILE

Kenya will need to improve on the kick off and balance their physical approach if they are to achieve their target of a top eight finish in this season’s World Rugby Sevens Series. 

That is the verdict of head coach Paul Feeney after Shujaa managed only four points from the season opening leg in Dubai last weekend.

Kenya started with a narrow 17-12 loss to South Africa after leading at half-time before falling 12-5 to England when they could have easily won the match. 

Shujaa would then succumb 22-19 to Spain, adding salt to the would given the Spaniards are considered minnows at such level.

It is the manner in which they lost those group matches that has Feeney worried as they had a good chance of winning all, only to lose due to either a lapse in concentration or basic errors.

“We did not win the kick off, we were late to clean our rucks and we let them (South Africa) go wide and dominate us. We are a physical side and we have got to use it but balance it,” Feeney told World Rugby in Dubai.

Unlike last season where Kenya lost all matches to record only one point, they picked four this time after finishing 13th following a 26-14 win over Scotland.

There were some bright spots for Kenya as well given the good performances of the returning Daniel Sikuta and youngsters Vincent Onyala, Alvin Otieno, Johnstone Olindi and Daniel Taabu.

Shujaa will hope to right those wrongs in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend after the draw is released. 

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