Coach Murunga preaches belief as Kenya 7s heads to Hamilton

Kenya 7s head coach Paul Murunga says his side will put up an improved performance at the Hamilton and Sydney tournaments. 

The Hamilton 7s is scheduled for January 26-27 before the team heads to Sydney,Australia a week later.

Shujaa had an underwhelming start to the 2018-19 season,winning only two matches in Dubai and Cape Town and according to the coach,they are keen for a change of fortunes.

“The technical bench noted some mistakes on tackling and kick-offs and we have worked on those areas,” Murunga said.

At the Hamilton tournament, Kenya is in pool C where they will come up against series holders South Africa,France and Scotland.

The side has already had a taste of Scotland and France this season and Murunga hopes they can progress to the last eight.

“In Sevens it is possible to beat anyone and it just depends on whether we can play well in terms of defence and attack,” he said.

Murunga,who was speaking after naming his squad for the Australasian tour, further said they won’t limit their expectations as they aim to reach the cup quarters for the first time this season.

New faces

Having summoned five debutants for the Hamilton and Sydney assignments, the tactician hinted at exposing more youngsters to the world stage in upcoming legs.

“As the season progresses, we will have more players exposed to the International series. 

“We saw a good number do well during the Cape Town 7s and are looking forward to seeing how the new call ups perform in Hamilton and Sydney,” said Murunga. 

Menengai Oilers skipper Harold Anduvate as well as Homeboyz duo of winger Mark Wandetto and Brian Wandera are among the new faces in the travelling party.

The others are Kenya Harlequin’s William Reeve and Eliakim Kichoi of Mwamba.

Shujaa is currently languishing at 14th position on the standings, having amassed four points.

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