NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s hopes of reaching the 100 point mark in
this season’ World Rugby Sevens Series looks bleak after
reaching the halfway stage with a paltry 35 points.
Head coach Innocent
Simiyu faces a rough ride in the remaining five legs starting
with this weekend’s show in Vancouver, Canada where the country
is paired in a tricky Pool A that has Vegas champions South
Africa, Cape Town 7s champions England and a fourth team to be
invited by World Rugby.
Amonde was disappointed with the country performance last
weekend in Las Vegas, USA but remained upbeat the team will
improve in the remaining legs.
“It was bittersweet.
We didn’t perform too well here but it’s good to get something.
Big thanks to the fans, we know we have more and we can build on
that for Vancouver,” said Amonde.
Kenya remained in 11th
place with South Africa, England and Fiji on top of the
Meanwhile, after the
thrills of Las Vegas, the World Rugby Sevens Series moves on to
Vancouver and, with the draw now complete, there will
undoubtedly be a number of closely fought pools to enjoy.
U.S. Sevens winners
South Africa will top Pool A but will not have an easy run
through to the Cup quarter-finals as a tricky group awaits them
on the west coast of Canada.
Sevens player Rob Vickerman commented on the pool draw: “Pool A
is a tasty one with South Africa and England but also Kenya as a
team that can create some upsets. They often seem to play well
against England, in particular, so that will be a match to look
runners-up in Las Vegas Fiji top a pool with a resurgent
Argentina side, Samoa and Wales - no easy games there - while a
buoyant U.S. outfit take on Australia, France and Japan in Pool
“Pool D is another really interesting group. The pressure for
the home team can go one of two ways. We can see a galvanised
performance as we saw by bronze medal winners USA in Las Vegas
or sometimes the pressure to perform can be too much for a team.
I’m looking forward to seeing the home crowd get behind Canada
and I hope the fans get something to cheer about.
“Scotland are the
third team in that pool. By their own admission, they
underperformed in Las Vegas and they will be looking forward to
stepping up next week. All around, it’s a pretty even spread.
are so difficult to call and quite often we see the fourth seed
in the pool ending up winning it. So, we are looking really
looking forward to Vancouver. It should be competitive and
another exciting leg.”