Kenya 7s halfback Daniel Taabu was the Vancouver 7s DHL Impact player of the tournament in the just-concluded event in which Shujaa finished second.
Taabu played a key role in Kenya’s performance and got involved in almost all the tries that Kenya scored in the tournament. He topped the impact player table with 69 points. This was after making six tackles, eight line-breaks, five offloads and 29 carries for Kenya.
Second on the list is South Africa’s Ronald Brown who also scooped the player of the final award. Brown had 18 tackles, seven line-breaks, two offloads, and 16 carries for 59 points.
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Hong Kong’s Max Denmark and USA’s Malacchi Esdale were third with 55 points each followed by German’s John Dawe with 53 points.
Kenya’s Alvin Otieno is also part of impact players having made eight tackles, seven breaks, one offload, and 21 carries for 52 points. Liam Herbert, Kevon Williams, Bastian Van der Bosch and Martin Iosefo are all in the the top 10.
The DHL Impact Player Table recognizes such moments using a statistical analysis of individual players’ performances measured against four key criteria – Off-Loads, Carries, Line-breaks, and Tackles.
On execution of these skills during a match, points are awarded – Offloads 2 points, Tackles 1 point, Line Breaks 3 points, Carries 1 point – to create a total score which is tracked through the DHL Performance Tracker.
A winner is announced at the end of each individual tournament and the overall series winner is judged across all 10 legs for Men’s and all 8 for the Women’s.
The Kenya 7s squad were the recipients of the Mark of Excellence award following their impressive display across the weekend.
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