Simiyu calls for fine start as Shujaa launch World Cup quest


Andrew Amonde (R) of Kenya runs with the ball against Fiji during the Cup Final ...
FILE: Andrew Amonde (R) of Kenya runs with the ball against Fiji during the Cup Final on the third day at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong on April 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

In Summary

  • Kenya Rugby Sevens head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu has stressed the need of a strong start when they launch their quest for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup title  against rank outsiders Tonga tonight at 11.01 pm at the AT&T Park in San Francisco, USA.
  • Playing in a new format of knockout system, Simiyu urged his charges to keep winning so as to stay in the contention.

Kenya Rugby Sevens head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu has stressed the need of a strong start when they launch their quest for the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup title against rank outsiders Tonga tonight at 11.01 pm at the AT&T Park in San Francisco, USA.

In an interview with the Kenya Rugby Union’s website, Simiyu said that they need to start strongly against Tonga and get the game going so as to get the results that will carry them to the next stage of the competition.

Playing in a new format of knockout system, Simiyu urged his charges to keep winning so as to stay in contention.

“It’s an interesting format, off course being a knockout system it means we have to adapt very fast to the game, because if the game goes, it goes and you’re out of the contention, so we have to keep winning to stay in the contention,” said Simiyu.

On Monday, Shujaa had a flash session and walk through while doing a gym session on Tuesday.  Wednesday and Thursday were however dedicated to rest in order to refresh ahead of tonight’s tie.

 “We have a very strong squad, we have really trained hard and we believe we selected the best team to represent the country,”he added, expressing confidence that his charges will rise to the occasion.

The last time the two faced off was in 2009 in the Wellington round of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series where Tonga won 35-21.

The winner between the two will face Scotland in the round of 16 at 5.03am Saturday.

If Kenya wins the tie it will be a repeat of the 13th place play-off of the Paris Sevens in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series where Shujaa were victorious, winning 21-20 against Scotland.

2018 SEVENS WORLD CUP FIXTURES

FRIDAY JULY 20, PRE-ROUND OF 16

  1. 11.01pm Kenya v Tonga
  2. 11.23pm Canada v Papua New Guinea
  3. 11.45pm France v Jamaica
  4. 00.07am Wales’s v Zimbabwe
  5. 00.29am Samoa v Uganda
  6. 00.51am Russia v Hong Kong
  7. 01.13am Japan v Uruguay
  8. 1.35am Ireland v Chile

SATURDAY JULY 21, ROUND OF 16

  1. 5.03am Scotland v (Kenya vs Tonga)
  2. 5.25am Argentina v (Canada v Papua New Guinea)
  3. 5.47am Australia v (France v Jamaica)
  4. 6.09am England v (Samoa v Uganda)
  5. 6.31am New Zealand v (Russia v Hong Kong)
  6. 6.53am Fiji vs (Japan v Uruguay)
  7. 7.15am South Africa v (Ireland vsChile)
  8. 7.37am USA vs (Wales v Zimbabwe)

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