Shujaa to change style of play for London, Paris


Shujaa head coach Innocent 'Namcos' Simiyu. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
(FILE)Shujaa head coach Innocent 'Namcos' Simiyu. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Shujaa head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu says they are going to change they style of play in the two remaining rounds of HSBC World Rugby Sevens in London and Paris
  • Speaking after returning to the country from Singapore on Tuesday, Simiyu said that his charges are currently playing an expansive style of play which is more physical

Shujaa head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu says they are going to change they style of play in the two remaining rounds of HSBC World Rugby Sevens in London and Paris.

Speaking after returning to the country from Singapore on Tuesday, Simiyu said that his charges are currently playing an expansive style of play which is more physical.

“We are going to develop our style of play in terms of Kenyan bound of rugby because currently we are very keen on playing an expansive game which is also physical.”

Shujaa collected 29 points in their last two legs after finishing runners up in Hong Kong where they lost 28-14 in the main cup finals to Fiji to attain 19 points while in Singapore they finished seventh after losing 17-7 to New Zealand in the semi final of the fifth position playoff to attain 10 points.

“We were so unlucky getting five knocks in our last two games, we were quite unfortunate but I believe we gave our best and that’s our best performance we would have gotten.” Simiyu explained.

Collecting 10 points in Singapore, Shujaa are seven points adrift of attaining their season target of 100 points and on his part Simiyu thinks that it’s just a matter of rectifying small mistakes to hit their season target.

Kenya’s top try scorer Collins Injera made it to the top try scorer board in Singapore with four tries attaining 20 points.

“He is one of the best sevens players in the world and having him in top form is quite a benefit to the team,” Simiyu added.

Shujaa skipper Oscar Ouma who made it to the Singapore dream team blamed their execution which to him was not perfect hence being punished for it.

He also added that it’s good to win a cup to wrap up their beautiful season.

Now Shujaa will have a rest before going back to the training camp to prepare for their last two remaining legs of HSBC World Rugby of Paris and London.

In France and London, Kenya will face similar opponents as they did in Singapore after they were pooled alongside England, USA and France to be played on June 2-3.

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