Kenya continued their positive start in the IRB Rugby Sevens World series with another strong showing at George. Having come of the back of a surprise quarter-final appearance in Dubai the boys went and repeated the same coming out of what was a decidedly much more difficult group containing multiple championship winners New Zealand and regular cup contenders, England, by upsetting England 17-7 seeing off Zimbabwe…. and narrowly losing out 19-0 to the All Blacks to edge into the Main Cup Quarter-finals in second place in the group. However where in Durban Kenya returned trophy-less here Kenya were able to hold their nerve first against Scotland, then against USA to win the plate winning the games 17-15 and 15-14 respectively.
This massive performance now puts Kenya in tied 5th place in the overall championship as it breaks for the winter and come march when the next even t is due it is hoped the boys can build on their efforts and put together some more solid performances and finish higher up the ladder than ever before.
After a thrilling World Cup that will surely go down as one of the greatest ever for those of you who support South Africa, England, Argentina, Fiji or just plain love a good upset the attention switches to the new 2007-8 Rugby Sevens season where shock upsets almost certainly as usual will be a way of life.
Having acquired the status of one of a core team last season saw Kenya’s 7s teams reach their finish once again in the top ten with the climax being the quarter-final victory over England in Australia that saw them qualify for their first ever main cup semifinals. However if they are to repeat theri heroics of last year and make more progress in this version of the game thay will have their work cut out for them as the first two tournaments in Dubai and George? see them placed in very competitive groups In Dubai, Kenya face tough South Sea islanders Samoa, Wales, and a potentially very dangerous opponent in the USA in Pool C, but it is in the second event in George where the Africans will surely find the going tough as they face defending World Champions New Zealand, England and Zimbabwe.
With the season opening Dubai event kicking off in late November and the George round later on in December Kenya’s management team have selected a squad that is brimming with the experience of the Simiyu brothers,as well as a host of new talent in Mean Machine forward Wilson K’Opondo, Cyprian Shimenga (Nakuru RFC), George Mbaye (Mwamba) and Samuel Wefwafwa (Impala) as well as Blak Blad wing Lawrence Tesot. Hopefully if they get to show their stuff on the global stage they will be able to make the step up to international sevens rugby and give a few of the regular startrs a run for their money