It was a difficult moment for Kenya sevens coach Innocent ‘Namco’ Simiyu to explain poor performance in the past four legs of IRB series.
But Simiyu gathered courage during the teams break-first and attributed the loss to poor ball handling errors and lack of concentration while in the field of play especially in Sydney meeting in Australia.
In Sydney, The Shujaa picked only two points in the leg to finish 14th after registering two wins-Japan in group stage and against Scotland in 13/14 places.
The former captain said: “There are those critical moments we let down our guard and lost. We had a lot of errors, an average of five in attack, and 4-6 in defense which are spoiling our game and we were caught out in those areas playing some critical games.”
The team finds itself 13 points short of the number of points they achieved at the same stage last season, having amassed 27 so far while they had managed 40 after four rounds in 2015/2016. Simiyu had hoped to pick at least 10 points per leg before the season started.
Skipper Andrew Amonde though saying the players are playing well has also conceded the numerous errors are costing the team, but hopes they can work on them in the next three weeks before the next leg in Las Vegas, USA.
“There are games we play well, others we come in and misfire. The biggest challenge is concentration; the players are not well concentrated on the field. Most of the games we have lost because of small concentration mistakes. The other thing is that we have new players coming in and we are still trying to gel,” the captain underscored.
Shujaa’s next assignment in Vegas will see them take on New Zealand, Argentina and Russia and both Amonde as well as Simiyu see an opportunity to compete in the Main Cup.
“It is a very interesting and tough pool. At the series there is no easy pool. Right now we have to go back, concentrate on correcting the errors and put ourselves in a good position to compete for the Main Cup. It is possible,” Simiyu offered.
Simiyu has also hinted he will make changes to the squad heading to the USA as they seek to recover, currently being 13 points short of their target after four rounds. He says he will bring in a blend of youth and experience into the squad, adding a right balance will see the team do well.