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Shujaa Coach Simiyu Praises Team After Glorious Season

Kenya celebrate the Challenge Trophy win over Wales on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on 3rd June, 2018. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC Fotos
Kenya celebrate the Challenge Trophy win over Wales on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on 3rd June, 2018. PHOTO/Mike Lee/KLC Fotos
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NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya Sevens Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has lauded team’s performance at the final two rounds of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series in London and Paris.

The team jetted into the country on Monday evening after the conclusion of the series in Paris over the weekend, where they finished 13th overall after being knocked out of the Challenge Trophy by Samoa following a 19-12 loss.

Prior to that in London, they thumped Wales 33-19 to lift the Challenge Trophy to take their tally to 101, the most they had ever garnered in history.

Shujaa’s efforts in Paris added three points to their overall tally, taking it to 104, making this their best ever performance in the HSBC series.

“We didn’t get the results that we wanted in London and Paris but we are very happy with the boys in terms of performance.

Stellar contribution

“If you look at it in terms of performance, this was our best ever. Looking at Paris, this is the first time we were in a tough pool and we managed to win two games and lose out on points difference,” Simiyu stated.

“We were in another tough pool in London and raised our hand. If we would have managed to get to the quarters we would have been talking about something else,” the former Kenya captain added.

Shujaa closed out the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series in eighth position with 104 points, a four place push from twelfth position during the 2016/17 season where they garnered 63 points during Simiyu’s first season in charge.

Oscar Ouma’s stellar contribution throughout the year was gifted with an inclusion in the 2018 men’s HSBC Dream Team.

The team takes a 10-day break before assembling on 21 June to begin preparations for the Rugby World Cup Sevens taking place in San Francisco, USA from 20th to 22nd July.


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