Consistency Shujaa’s goal in Singapore leg
After winning only one game in Hong-Kong Ayimba hopes for a better showing in the hot and humid Garden City
The Kenya Sevens team will seek consistency at the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens series starting today in Singapore.
Singapore returns to the circuit after a decade’s absence and Shujaa will be seeking to bounce back from an inconsistent showing in Hong Kong last weekend where despite progressing to the main cup quarters, they won only one match.
Kenya’s record in Hog Kong was beat Samoa 24-0 lost 5-0 to New Zealand , lost 17-10 to France lost 12-10 to Fiji in the Main Cup quarters to be relegated to the Plate semis where they were thumped 33-0 by England .
In Singapore Kenya are in a tricky pool “C” with Russia at 5:22am, Scotland at 8:43 am and African rivals South Africa at 12:04 pm . Kenya and Russia have met three times this season, Kenya winning 24-10 in Sydney , 24-21 in Las Vegas and losing 24-7 in Vancouver. Kenya and Scotland will be meeting for the second time with Shujaa having won the first encounter in Sydney 17-14. Kenya and South Africa have met twice with Kenya upsetting the Blitzbokke 14-12 in Cape Town and losing 26-19 in Sydney.
Kenya head coach Benjamin Ayimba said the week in Singapore has been spent correcting the mistakes in set piece and defence play which were evident l in Hong Kong.
“Teams took advantage of our lineout and defensive formation. We have corrected this and hopefully we can get out of our pool come the first day,” Ayimba said.
He expects a physical contest in all the three matches on the first day.
“Russia are improving. They beat us in Vancouver, our battles with Scotland have always been close while South Africa will always be tough to beat but the boys are ready and raring to go,” Ayimba added.
He noted that Impala centre Samuel Motari who joined the team in place of playmaker and veteran Biko Adema looks sharp sharp and has adjusted well.
Ayimba said the humid hot conditions will affect all teams on both days of the tournament.
“Its been humid and we have adapted well to the climatic conditions the boys are in good physical shape and we should expect positive results,” he said
Kenya are ranked eighth on the standings with 63 points from