Lionesses eye Roma 7s Main Cup final

Kenya Lioness rugby 7s head coach Mike Shamiah (C), Director of Squads, Oscar Maingi (L) ...
Kenya Lioness rugby 7s head coach Mike Shamiah (C), Director of Squads, Oscar Maingi (L) and captain Kate Abilla address the media at the RFUEA grounds on March 30, 2016. The team will do duty in France this weekend. Photo/Oliver Ananda/

National women’s sevens rugby team; Kenya Lionesses hope to reach to the cup final of this weekend’s Roma 7s as they continue their build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“The experience is quiet amazing for our team, we had four to five sessions having various skills polished and we hope to go Rome a better team since we have changed a lot of stuffs, like playing style making the unit more efficient for that game,” Head coach Mike Shamiah told Kenya Rugby from Clermont-Ferrand, France where the team has been training for the last fortnight courtesy of World Rugby.

“The draw is yet to be conducted for the Roma 7s but there is every likelihood that we may be paired with Venezuela, South Africa and a French select side and we intend to take every game as it comes. We hope to top our pool and move to the knock out stages,” he added.

The coach declared they had got to know each other better polish their skills and prepare themselves mentally for the task ahead in France where they had a gym and a whole stadium to themselves.

“We played against worthy opponents and top tier teams which we’ve never faced before. We learned good lessons in defending and attack against experienced teams and how to manage the game when we are winning or are down. We also picked valuable lessons in player management,” he said of their experience in Europe.

Lionesses intends to play more tournaments before the Olympic Games in August.

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