NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s rugby team is on the rebound after good
showing at the Sydney Sevens World Series and will build on that
as it heads to Hamilton, New Zealand for the fourth stop of the
nine-leg circuit on Saturday.
With the hope of
selection to the team for the Commonwealth Games weighing
heavily on the players mind, head coach Innocent Simiyu must
exploit it to bring out the best from the team.
Kenya collected 10
points by virtue of reaching the cup quarterfinals for a tally
of 23 points. This leaves them in ninth place.
The next round takes
place in Hamilton, where Kenya will duel with the U.S., who are
trained by former Kenyan coach Mike Friday, Samoa and Canada in
Coach Simiyu is
optimistic about a positive showing at the fourth round of the
Sevens World Series on Feb. 3-4 at the Hamilton Sevens in New
“We have a tough
pool as always but we have done our training well and the
players will play with pride and impress us all. Our key focus
is to meet our performance targets especially in attack.
Hopefully we will get the results we all want,” Simiyu told
Xinhua on Thursday.
side’s showing at the third round in Sydney where they reached
the cup quarterfinal, he said: “the team played well and believe
they still have a lot to play for in Hamilton.”
Simiyu also extended
his thanks to the team’s fans for their relentless support
despite mixed performance by the team. “We wish to thank all our
supporters for believing in the team,” he said.
Kenya, who currently
sit ninth on the World Series log with 23 points, are in Pool D
and will start their campaign on Saturday with a match against
Samoa before facing Canada and the USA later.