Paarwater fortifying squad for Tunisia Gold Cup clash

Kenya 15s head coach, Jerome Paarwater. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/
(FILE)Kenya 15s head coach, Jerome Paarwater. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/

National 15s rugby head coach Jerome Paarwater will be back in the country to name the squad to play Tunisia in Rugby Africa Gold Cup on Thursday.

Paarwaters is currently in Cape Town, South Africa with the KCB RFC team that is on a ten day high performance training.

Simbas sit fourth on the six-team log after the opening two rounds, playing to a 33-33 home draw against Uganda on June 24. They have played only one match in the Gold Cup.

“We know what we need to work on, our defense last match let us down but we did well in the set-pieces. Going to play Tunisia we need to fix our defense,” told Paarwaters.

Tunisia, who are set to arrive in the country early Thursday,  began their campaign with a 7-53 home defeat to Namibia on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back by posting their first ever win in Nairobi against a Simbas side that has dominated the three most recent outings between the two teams.

The clash against Tunisia comes two years after Kenya won 46-15 in Nairobi in 2015 before Tunisia got relegated, finished second in 1B last year and gained promotion, hence the chance to take part in 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

“I told them every game now will be tough and that’s the nature of the competition. It’s important to win your matches but we dropped some in our last match,.

“We wanted to get at least four or five but we must now win all remaining home games and get one or two away,” Explained the Simbas tactician.

Kenya and Tunisia have met eight times before, the Simbas registering five wins against the Tunisians’ three.

Simbas dropped from 25th to 26th with 58.17 ranking points in the recent world rugby rankings.

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