NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Winning the Main Cup trophy in one of the two
remaining legs of World Series will add the glow to the
performance that Kenya Sevens rugby team has had this season.
Kenya Sevens team
Captain Oscar Ouma said on Friday that the team returned to
training ahead of the London and Paris legs of the World Series.
The team will also
have to bring on their best performance if they are to wade
through the murky group stages of the World Cup in June in San
“We started the
season with a target to hit the 100 point mark in the overall
standing. With two legs remaining and at 93 points, that is
within our grasp. But it will have good feeling effect for
Shujaa to win a cup to wrap up their beautiful season,” Ouma
said in Nairobi.
Kenya last won the
Main Cup trophy at the Singapore Sevens in 2016 and have on two
occasions come close to reaching the title this season in
Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong where they were eliminated by
Fiji in the finals. Kenya also failed to win a medal at this
year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
But that failure is
what inspires the captain to dream of winning one of the two
remaining legs to crown their season as they head to San
Francisco for the World Cup.
In London, Kenya
will face similar opponents as they did in Singapore after they
were pooled alongside the England team, USA and France to be
played on June 2.
currently sits sixth on the series log with 93 points, will rely
on the consistency showed by country’s top try scorer Collins
“He is one of the
best sevens’ players in the world and having him in top form is
quite a benefit to the team,” said head coach Innocent Simiyu.
With target almost
achieved, Simiyu has confirmed he will reshuffle their game plan
and play style in the two remaining rounds. Kenya is used to
playing an expansive style of play which is more physical.
“We are going to
develop a new style of play,” he said. Shujaa collected 29
points in their last two legs after finishing runners-up in Hong
Kong and seventh in Singapore.