NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Simbas XV boss, Jerome Paarwater, is calling for patience as the team guns to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the forthcoming season.
The South African head coach noted exposure gained at such international tournaments will serve to motivate the Simbas ahead of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup campaign where the winners will clinch a ticket to the 2019 RWC in Japan.
“This competition has high standards and if we look at it in terms of preparation, it is good for us in terms of where we want to go,” Paawater remarked after the 10-31 loss to Russia.
The coach was pleased by the showing of the players drafted in for the Russian assignment after making eight changes from the squad that ran out against Chile.
“I was very happy with the new guys and their performance, they did not disappoint. I told the team that it is a squad effort and everybody who travelled is going to get an opportunity to start.
“The important thing is depth in the squad and I’m now confident knowing that these guys played a tough game and they must maintain their standards,” Paarwater added in ruing the nature of defeat.
“The score line doesn’t reflect the actual match, we had a lot of opportunities in the first half that we didn’t use, too many 50-50 passes.
“We regrouped in the second half and scored a great try and after doing a video review of the game we had the opportunity to score five more tries,” the Simbas boss offered.
“It’s all about patience and using our opportunities because as we can see, if you squander your opportunities at this tournament, you don’t get them back and that is the difference between us and the other teams,” Paarwater emphasised.
Kenya will be seeking revenge against Hong Kong in an encounter that kicks-off at 12:00pm local time (+3GMT) having lost the Tatu City Test Series in Nairobi against the Dragons in August.
Regal Hotels Cup of Nations
Friday 10 November
Kenya 3 Chile 23
Russia 16 Hong Kong 13
Tuesday 14 November
Russia 31 Kenya 10
Hong Kong 13 Chile 6