14 February 2013

Kenya: Sevens Team Blame Fatigue for Poor Showing in Las Vegas

Fatigue and refereeing decisions cost Kenya Sevens team at the Las Vegas over the weekend.

Kenya Sevens assistant coach Felix Ochieng said after many hours of travel fatigue factor caught up with the team in Las Vegas. "On the second day, it was clearly evident that the boys looked worn out physically and mentally," he added.

Ochieng also lamented on the refereeing decisions, particularly in the opening match against Canada. "We had a legitimate try disallowed in the match against Canada and those small decisions and margins can win matches," he added.

The size of the pitch according to the former Kenya Sevens player might also have been contributing factor. " The pitch in Las Vegas is 11 metres narrower than what we are used to in other legs of the circuit. We are used to playing an open game with full width of the pitch at our disposal," he noted.

Ochieng termed Kenya Shield semifinal 36-7 defeat against Australia as unacceptable. "It was a bad display by the team. We did not do the basics well and we must go back and address the issue when we resume training in the next two weeks," he added.

Ochieng said they are going to change their play in the upcoming legs in Hongkong and Tokyo in March. "We may have to tweak our style of play because teams seem to have noted how we play especially in Las Vegas and that's something the technical bench will be looking at," added Ochieng.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Mwangi Muthee expressed confidence that Kenya will win the Main Cup very soon. " I can see us winning the Main cup before the end of the series. The boys are determined to do the country proud," added Muthee.

Kenya Airways chief executive officer, Titus Naikuni, congratulated the team for their heroic performance in Wellington."You have done the country proud. We were watching the performance with keen interest and I hope in the next leg you will win," added Naikuni. Naikuni presented the with a cheque of Sh3.8 million for bonuses after reaching the final in Wellington.

The team received a heroic welcome on arrival with three stretch limos at hand to pick the team from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Their arrival caused a stir at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and along Nairobi's busy Mombasa Road as the squad was ushered to a sumptuous breakfast with their limousines coming complete with security detail in addition to a new Mini Cooper escort.

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