Namibia exploits give Shujaa boss Simiyu lift for Dubai 7s
Kenya 7s Shujaa head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu is out to capitalise on the weaknesses of their Pool D opponents at the opening HSBC World Rugby Series opener in Dubai next month.
Shujaa are drawn in group D with Australia, Japan and France with Simiyu who led the side to finish second to South Africa Blitzbokke in his first assignment as coach over the weekend at the Safland 7s invitational tournament in Namibia optimistic his team will give a good account of themselves in Dubai.
Speaking at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after they arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday the former Impala RFC and Shujaa international said that the pool is tough but exciting because all the teams play good rugby.
“We will be looking at profiling them and see how we can take advantage of their weakness, coming up with our own tricks to win the game. We will take each game at a time but for now we are more focused in laying the foundation for the season because we started late in getting the players ready for Dubai,” explained Simiyu.
Kenya finished second in the invitational Safland 7s tournament losing 31-10 to Blitzbokke in a tournament that served as a preparation for Dubai 7s.
“The trip was very good, we had a long week in Namibia; we really pushed them during the high performance camp and the boys responded well to the weekend test.
“So far they have met our expectations as per where we think they should be but there is still more to be done and hope we can try and catch up by the time we go to Dubai,” Simiyu added.
In the finals the champions ran five tries with three conversions against Kenya’s two unconverted touch downs; to hand head Simiyu his second loss of his tenure having gone down to the same opponents in the group stages.
Cecil Afrika, Dylan Sage, Siviwe Sotizwapi, Werner Kok and Stephan Dippenaar scored for South Africa as Leonard Mugaisi bagged a brace for Kenya to become the first player to score against the champions in the whole tournament.
“We played a young side in our first game against South Africa so that everyone could get a feeling and see where we are because they are the best team in Africa and they won the bronze at the Olympics,” Simiyu underscored.
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