Kenya face test in defence of Singapore Sevens Rugby
NAIROBI (Xinhua) —Kenya’s fairytale that saw it clinch the
Singapore Sevens title will come back to haunt the team as they
launch their title defence this weekend in Singapore.
The team, which lost
to Scotland 19-21 in the Challenge Trophy final at the Hong Kong
Sevens last weekend, has been a fade shadow of its last season’s
dominance that culminated in it winning in Singapore and coach
Innocent Simiyu will have his task cut out as he lines up his
team in the title defence.
Kenya has been drawn
in Pool C against giants Australia, Argentina and Samoa and must
win at least two of its group matches to have a realistic chance
of progressing to the Main Cup quarterfinals and keep their
title defence dream alive.
“There are no simple
games at this level of competition. The players are always
challenged and pushed to the limit. It is how we react to the
rival’s game that is crucial in safeguarding a positive
performance,” said Simiyu.
“We have a strong
squad despite leaving some players behind and I hope we will
navigate ourselves through to the highest stage of the
Hong Kong Sevens
winners Fiji are in Pool A with Canada, Russia and Hong Kong
while Pool B has South Africa, England, France and Japan. Pool D
comprises US, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
Kenya won last
year’s Singapore Sevens with a 30-7 win over Fiji in the cup
final, which marked their first win in the World Series since
they made their debut back in 1999.