21 November 2018

Kenya Simbas Coach Snook Unsure About Future

The national rugby 15s team, Kenya Simbas coach Ian Snook will decide his future plans for the team next week when they jet back into the country.

The Simbas face Germany in a mere formality duel of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Repechage qualifier on Friday at Stade Delort in Marseille, France.

The dream of qualification for Germany, who have four points and Kenya Simbas, who are pointless, is now over.

Canada, who top the championship with 10 points, only need a point from their clash with Hong Kong on Friday to sail through to Rugby World Cup due next year in Japan.

Canada showed admirable composure to see off stubborn German resistance 29-10 and get the win that left them on the verge of qualification for Japan.

Hong Kong now must defeat Canada by a margin of 57 points, while hoping that the Canadians doesn't secure a bonus point for them to make it to Japan.

The Simbas crushed to their second defeat, losing to Hong Kong 42-17 on Saturday, a week after they had gone down to a heavy 65-19 defeat at the hands of Canada end their hopes of qualifying.

Asked about his long terms plan for the team after both the Africa Gold Cup and Repechage flop, Snook said: "I have no plans as yet but we should know that after sitting down next week when back in Nairobi."

Snook said his charges are focused on ending their Repechage run on a high when they face Germany.

"Germany will bring a real physicality so we will need to improve our tackling and work at the ruck," said Snook adding that there are lot of good things drawn from Hong Kong duel that are coupled with mistakes.

"Good attacking play resulted to good tries and we had a much-improved scrum but we still committed many errors and were not decisive enough," said Snook adding that non-dominant tackles and poor decision making at lineouts cost them a big deal against Hong Kong.

Snook noted that qualifying through the Africa qualifier could have been easier but with refined preparations. "We always thought the direct route would be easier but that is history," said Snook.


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