South Africa's Ruhan Nel reaches for a try in the Cup Quarter Final against Kenya 7s on day three of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 men's competition on 15 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s rise excites South African star


South African star Ruhan Nel says it is excellent to have Kenya 7s competing at top level and giving them a hard time in the World 7s Series.

Though Kenya 7s has struggled to beat the former World 7s Series Champions in the last 13 matches, with the last win coming in the 2015 Cape Town 7s, they have been flashes of brilliance in the last two meetings

In the last two meetings, Shujaa have come close losing 17-5 and 17-12 in Cape Town and Dubai.  Nel is happy to have scored twice in their 17-5 win over Kenya.

He admits that Kenya’s physicality and direct approach always troubles them but having a strong 12-man and making their limited chances count was key to their Cape Town 7s quarterfinal date win.

“All credit to Kenya, it is excellent to have another African Nation competing at the level they are competing and giving us a hard time. They are very physical and whoever they bring on is always hard and direct for them. It’s a 14 minutes game and luckily for us, we had 12 guys who are ready to step up one goes off and one comes on and performs,” Nel told SA Rugby Magazine. 

“Am thankful for the tries. Kenya can always be tough there is nothing that we don’t expect coming to the weekend. They always come hard and direct and I’m grateful that the boys stood up to challenge. Knock out rugby is about opportunities they are limited so you should take your chances,” he added.

South Africa sit second on the log with 41 points while Kenya have 15 points.

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