The Kenya Sevens skipper, Andrew Amonde has warned the Shujaa that there might not be a margin of error in Sydney and Hamilton Sevens this weekend.
Shujaa has secured a place in a tough Pool B for the Hamilton leg in New Zealand. They will be facing South Africa, England and Japan.
According to the arrangements of both the Hamilton and Sydney events, there will be no quarterfinals as usual. The winners of every pool will qualify straight to the semi-finals. In addition, the women’s tournament will also be played concurrently.
Andrew Amonde confirmed that the latest and new rules of rugby sevens state that a team must win 3 matches in order to secure a place in the final four.
“It will be a tough task but the boys are ready for the challenge. The new rules are not good but we have to focus on the task at hand so that we can qualify for the semis,” noted Amonde.
Kenya and South Africa have played against each other twice this season with Shujaa losing 17-12 and 17-5 in Cape Town and Dubai respectively. Consequently, Shujaa conceded 12-5 defeat to England in Dubai.
The Kenyan rugby team arrived in Hamilton on Sunday after a 20-hour flight from Nairobi. Currently, they have managed to train twice as they gear up for the kickoffs on Saturday.
The veteran players Sammy Oliech and Oscar Ouma trained with the team before departure. The two might be included in the Vancouver and Las Vegas Sevens squads in March.
In conclusion, Amonde is also glad that the famous Collins Injera is back for the two legs in Hamilton and Sydney Sevens. “He has been an integral part of this team. He brings experience and creates tries out of nothing. It’s good to have him back in the squad,” said Amonde.