Shujaa eye century point haul in London Sevens
Kenya Sevens will look to break the barrier that has evaded them for a while when they take on the penultimate stage of the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens series in London
With just seven points off the magic 100, Kenya Sevens will look to break the barrier that has evaded them for a while when they take on the penultimate stage of the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens series in London this weekend.
Shujaa’s best ever performance in the series has been a haul of 99 points in the 2012/2013 season and they have worked for that mark in futility in the seasons that followed.
This season, the much improved team will only need to get into the Main Cup Quarter finals to achieve that target. If they get to the Main Cup Quarters,, the least number of points they are assured of is 10, that is if they lose the fifth place semi-final.
If they fail to reach the Main Cup Quarters, they will need to reach the final of the Challenge Trophy which will guarantee them seven points if they lose the final and eight if they win it.
In London, Simiyu’s men kick off their campaign on Saturday 2nd June against Mike Friday’s USA at 1:42 pm before they take on the French at 4:48pm. They wind up their group stage matches against the hosts England at 8:16pm.
The team will miss several first team regulars including Oscar Ouma and Sammy Oliech who have been instrumental this season. However the team has been boosted with the return of Oscar Ayodi who has missed three months with injury.
Dennis Ombachi had been primed for a return for the first time since Dubai in 2017 dropped off in the 11th hour over what the Kenya Rugby Union termed as ‘personal reasons’. He has been replaced by youngster Eric Ombassa.
Coach Simiyu is optimistic that the team will finish the season on a high especially having reached two finals already.
“We know there are high expectations but we have trained well and ready for the challenge. It is a strong group but we have our performance targets which we aim to achieve and we will give our best to finish the season on a high,” Simiyu said before the team left.