The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Friday Confident

Kenya Sevens coach Mike Friday has urged Kenya to be consistent ahead of the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs at the end of the month.

Friday said consistency will be key as they chase more points in the leg. "We played well in Gold Coast and we can't afford to let standards slip in the next two legs.

We need to be even better in Dubai and Port Elizabeth because the competition will be stiff and intense and we must respond to the challenge thrown at us in the two tournaments," he added.

Friday said the return of Sidney Ashioya and Lavin Asego will give the technical bench options and make competition for places stiff. " There are two very experienced players Asego is a playmaker and reads the game very well and Ashioya bring speed and tough defence to the side. They will no doubt play key roles for the side," the coach said.

The English tactician said the side will not underestimate any team in their pool though it seems easy. "Spain beat England to win the bowl in Gold Coast, Scotland will be out to redeem themselves and Fiji are the team to beat. The pool promises to be quite competitive in Dubai," he said.

Friday has asked the players who missed out on selection to increase their level of performance with six tournaments remaining. "The talent pool in the country is high and so it's natural for players to miss out but I am asking them to keep pushing and perform."

Friday said the side has worked on the key areas as it was evident in Gold Coast. "We have worked hard on the mistakes of Gold Coast and I expect the team to be firing from all cylinders in Dubai."

Elsewhere, KCB handed Impala their fourth straight defeat of the season, winning 22-10 in league match played on Saturday. Dennis Mwanja scored two tries for the bankers with Darwin Mukidza adding another. Peter Mutai kicked over a penalty and two conversions for the winners.

Tom Lagat and David Dinda scored a try apiece for Impala who led 5-0 at the interval. In another match, Homeboyz stunned champions Quins 29-27 in a fast-paced match at the RFUEA grounds to end their unbeaten run. Nakuru came from behind to beat Nondies 29-12 after trailing 12-8 at the interval. The win saw Nakuru go top with 20 points.

Strathmore Leos are third after registering a bonus point 25-0 win over Mwamba RFC at the University of Nairobi ground. Mitch Ocholla's Leos are now on 16 point while Mwamba, who lost their unbeaten record dropped to fifth on 13 points.

Mean Machine won the campus derby, beating hosts Blak Blad 24-15 at the Kenyatta University, a result that saw Machine climb from the basement to ninth.

Blad now sit bottom of the pile. Western Bulls registered their third win on the trot, beating Kisumu RFC 18-8 in the Western derby, a result that saw Bulls cement sixth position.

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