Kenya 7s looking to better Japan’s performance in Paris to avoid relegation


Kenya 7s looking to better Japan's performance in Paris to avoid relegation
Daniel Emile and Bock Alvin chase Otieno Ochieng during their Safari Sevens match at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa grounds on November 10, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Being the last leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series, Kenya 7s are determined  to make the best out of the tournament in order to improve their current standing on the World Series where they are currently at position 14 with 27 points.
  • As Shujaa will be battling out with Wales and Japan to remain in the World Seven Series, the battle for the top spot will also be fierce between Fiji and USA. The two are separated by two points and will be looking forward to outdo each other in the tournament.

Kenya 7s will be looking forward to redemption after a dim performance in London sevens where they only managed one win in their group.

The stage is set for the rugby lovers as Paris 7s will be kicking off on Saturday at Stade Jean Bouin in France at 12pm Kenyan time. The captains of the 16 teams participating in the two days tournament met on Thursday at Eiffel Tower.

Having received reinforcement by the arrival of Herman Humwa and Michael Wanjala who came in as the replacement of injured duo of Daniel Sikuta of Kabras Sugar and Daniel Taabu from Mwamba, Shujaa are ready to restore the lost glory and make it to the finals of Paris 7s.

Being the last leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series, Kenya 7s are determined  to make the best out of the tournament in order to improve their current standing on the World Series where they are currently at position 14 with 27 points.

The event will see Canada start it off with 2016 winners Samoa at 12:00 noon. Shujaa will have their first match against London 7s finalists Australia as from 1:06pm before squaring it out with the 2018 winners South Africa at 4:10PM, thereafter, Paul Murunga,s charge will wrap the day with Wales at 7:36pm to conclude the first day of Paris 7s.

The season finale for the World Seven Series is a must-do-better for Shujaa as they risk being eliminated from the world series as they currently sit two points off the relegation zone occupied by Japan with 25 points.  They will be looking forward to better Japan’s results. Shujaa captain Jacob Ojee is confident that the team will do better compared to their London 7s campaign.

The final pool match against Wales will be tight for both teams as Wales 7s are also looking forward to stay in the World Series. They are currently 13th with 30 points.

As Shujaa will be battling out with Wales and Japan to remain in the World Seven Series, the battle for the top spot will also be fierce between Fiji and USA. The two are separated by two points and will be looking forward to outdo each other in the tournament.

The team has received a massive support from local teams and the home fans through social media hash tag #KeepTheDreamAlive.

Kenya 7s fixture at Paris 7s on Saturday June 1, 2019
vs Australia 1.06pm
vs South Africa 4.10pm
vs Wales 7.36pm

 

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