Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater admits that his side’s inability to take their chances came back to haunt them as they fell 31-10 to Russia in their second Nations Cup fixture.
Paarwater’s charges managed a single try courtesy of second half substitute Nato Simiyu with Mukidza contributing 5 points with his boot and Paarwater believes that they squandered opportunities to that would have had an impact in the final score.
“The scoreline 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,”the tactician is quoted by Kenya Rugby.
“Yesterday’s game was again a game of two halves.We managed to hold on in the first half but unfortunately two soft tries after they kicked behind us spoilt it for us.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,”he added.
“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.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, ” he concluded.
The Simbas will now shift attention to their final clash of the Nations cup when they face host side Hong Kong on Saturday, 18 November in a 12:00pm kick-off match.