In Summary
  • USA coach Friday clashes with his former team in Hamilton.
  • Simiyu said his charges played well and hopes that they have a lot to play for in Hamilton.

Innocent Simiyu and his Kenya Sevens charges will be looking for the elusive main Cup semis appearance in this season’s World Rugby Series fourth leg in Hamilton New Zealand this weekend.

The East Africans open their campaign with a tricky looking Pool “D” outing against Samoa at 1am Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton.

Kenya, who are looking to improve on their Sydney Sevens seventh finish, will then take Canada at 4.26am before wrapping up Day One’s action against a Mike Friday’s United States at 8.22am.

On paper, Kenya Sevens, who improved from a 13th place finish in South Africa to finish seventh in Sydney, after losing to Fiji 24-5 in the Fifth place semi-finals, have a good chance of making their third Cup quarter-finals of the season.

“We have a tough pool but I believe we have done our homework well and trust the players will play with pride and impress us all,” said Kenya coach Simiyu.

“Our key focus is to meet our performance targets especially in attack. Hopefully, we will get the results we all want.”


Revisiting his team’s display in Sydney, Simiyu said his charges played well and hopes that they have a lot to play for in Hamilton.

But it will be key for Kenya to win their first match against the Samoans who are yet to rebuild a team that can emulate their great side of the last decade that even won the Series in 2010.

Kenya though may have something to worry going by current form. They lost to Samoa 19-15 at Challenge Trophy quarter-finals in South Africa in December in their only meeting thus far this season.

Kenya scaled two places to ninth in the Series with 23 points while USA, the only side in the pool that is ranked above Kenya in seventh place with 28 points, lost to Argentina 31-10 in the play-off for bronze in Sydney.

USA, featuring the pacy Perry Baker, convincingly shut out Kenya 47-0 last season in the pool stages in London.


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