The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sevens Team Cautions Against Complacency in Las Vegas

Kenya Sevens coach Mike Friday has cautioned the team against complacency in the Las Vegas leg starting tomorrow.

Friday said despite Kenya's heroics in Wellington, the team needed to stay guarded and grounded ahead of Las Vegas leg.

"The reality is though. If we don't perform well this weekend, we won't find ourselves in second instead we are likely to drop to sixth or seventh. The margins are so fine between the top eight. It is a tough brutal part of sport but that is what makes it so exciting and competitive, and that is why it is growing fast," added Friday.

The coach said he expects teams to rise to Kenya's challenge and observed that Sevens has become competitive. "Everybody saw what we did last week and what we are capable of doing, so they will come out to get us. But we will be ready for the challenge thrown at us," he noted.

Last year in Vegas, Kenya clinched the plate after beating Argentina 21-7 and Friday is keen to build on that. "Consistency is key and we need to build on the momentum from Wellington," noted Friday.

The tactician said the support of the several thousands of Kenyans in the stands will be invaluable for the side. " The supporters will be the 13th man on the stands and we already have a good reception from them" added Friday.

Skipper Andrew Amonde said the Main Cup final defeat in Wellington will spur them on in the Las Vegas.

"As a team, we were hurting after coming close to winning the tournament but we must put that behind and aim to go a place better in Vegas," added Amonde.

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