(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
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 Pool D.
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.
Recounting the 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.