4 December 2012

Kenya: Tricky Affair

Fresh from the semi-finals of the IRB Dubai Sevens, Kenya have been drawn in tricky Pool 'C' alongside, Argentina, Wales and Spain for the Port Elizabeth leg this weekend.

Kenya will open their campaign against Argentina before taking on Spain and winding up their preliminary assignment against Wales. Kenya are currently joint second in the IRB Sevens standings with Fiji and Samoa on 32 points, six behind New Zealand who lead with 38.

Kenya coach Mike Friday said the team will have to reduce on the error rate against the top sides if they are to qualify for the final. He attributed their 27-7 semi-final loss against New Zealand to what he described as 'silly mistakes'.

"We had a poor first half and we gave the ball away easily and made silly errors. But this is a journey and the team is learning and we hope to improve as we go along," added Friday.

This is Kenya's highest position since the start of the series and Friday said the team must keep up the consistency and discipline.

"We must keep up our discipline and consistency. May be if we maintain the same intensity in Port Elizabeth, we can go all the way to the final," added Friday. The coach described the pool as tricky and said from the events of the weekend, no team is safe in Sevens rugby. "You saw what happened over the weekend with South Africa and England with both relegated to the bowl. We must take each team seriously ," he noted .

The English coach will be without star winger Collins Injera, loose forward Oscar Ouma and utility back Biko Adema for the Port Elizaebth leg due to examinations and work commitments. The trio have been replaced Oscar Ayodi, Fabian Olando and Billy Odhiambo.

The team arrived in Port Elizabeth on Sunday night and had recovery session yesterday. They are expected to hold more training session starting to day to Thursday. The tournament starts on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Nakuru made it five wins in a row after registering a 36-11 bonus point win over Homeboyz in Ruaraka. The win sees the side from the Rift Valley stay unbeaten with five wins out of five outings thus accumulating 25 points.

Strathmore Leos registered the season's highest score after beating hosts Impala RFC 59-10 at the Impala Club. Mean Machine held champions Quins to a 17-17 draw at the UoN grounds as KCB defeated Nondies 39-26 at the Jamhuri Park. Mwamba beat Western Bulls 41-7 at the RFUEA grounds.

Copyright © 2012 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.