RUGBY: Kenya 7s Ranked As Top Seeds For Final Round Of African 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

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The Kenya 7s team have been given top seed ranking for the final round of the men’s Rugby Sevens African 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers which will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the weekend of November 14/15.

A total of 12 teams will take part in the qualifiers with the winner booking Africa’s sole berth to the 2016 Olympic games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teams that will finish in positions 2, 3 and 4 will still get a chance to feature at the games as they will participate in a 16-team repechage tournament which will see the winner booking a to the event.

The repechage tournament will feature two teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile), four teams from Europe (Spain, Russia, Germany and Ireland), two teams from North America (Mexico and Canada), three teams from Asia (To Be Confirmed), and two teams from Oceania.

The repechage tournament dates will be determined once each continent has concluded its qualifying tournaments. The teams taking part in the African qualifiers are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Madagascar,Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana.

Already 8 teams have qualified with for Olympic games with only four remaining to be filled.

The qualified teams are hosts Brazil, teams that finished in the first four positions during the 2014-15 IRB Rugby Sevens tournament (Fiji, South African, New Zealand and Great Britain), South American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (France) and North American Champions (USA).

The slots waiting to be filled are of those Africa, Asia, Oceania and winner of the repechage tournament.

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LAS VEGAS 7S: Kenya To Play Samoa In The Bowl Semis

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Kenya Sevens will play Samoa in the bowl semifinals of the ongoing Las Vegas Sevens tournament.

Kenya was knocked out of the Main Cup following a 14-21 defeat to England in their final group game biut recovered from that loss by beating Portugal 17-7 in the bowl quarters.

A win over Samoa will see, Kenya fight for the bowl with either Scotland and Argentina who meet each other in the other bowl semifinal.

Samoa defeated Brazil 26-7 in their bowl quarters fixture and will be looking for revenge against Kenya who defeated them 28-14 during the group stages of the Wellington Sevens last week.

The match between Kenya and Samoa will kick off at 2104h EAT.

Kenya Sevens Coach Plans To Meet With The Striking Players

Kenya Sevens coach and his team jetted back to the country after a dismal performance in Australia’s Gold coast sevens, last weekend. The team which was comprised of players aged below the age of 22, found it hard to deal with their opponents with the likes of record try scorer, Collins Injera out of the team.

Injera, the team’s vice captain, staged a strike a couple of weeks ago following a dispute over contracts with Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) before they refused to accompany the rest of the first team squad to apply for visas to Australia.

Horace Otieno, back-rower Biko Adema, Oscar Ouma, Oscar Ayodi and Felix Ayange are among the regulars who were dropped after the core players protested KRU plans to introduce performance based contracts for the new season.

The coach announced he will have a meeting with the striking players today to chart the way forward. Sources, however, indicate that a good number of the striking players have already resumed training and most of them have already picked up their contracts from the union.

Treu said he was encouraged by the performance of the team in Gold Coast, adding that the team can only get better. “The technical bench is happy from what we saw in Gold Coast. We had limited time to train but the boys showed fighting qualities and spirit and I think they did well,” added Treu.

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The coach also announced he will have a meeting with the striking players today to chart the way forward. Sources, however, indicate that a good number of the striking players have already resumed training and most of them have already picked up their contracts from the union.

Treu said he was encouraged by the performance of the team in Gold Coast, adding that the team can only get better. “The technical bench is happy from what we saw in Gold Coast. We had limited time to train but the boys showed fighting qualities and spirit and I think they did well,” added Treu.

Treu said the margins at the IRB Sevens are small and mistakes are ruthlessly punished. He cited the matches against Wales and Portugal, saying the result would have been different was it not for the team’s lapse in concentration in the final seconds. Kenya lost 24-19 to wales and 17-12 Portugal.

“The boys learnt the hard way that you can’t let your concentration levels slip and going forward, it will be valuable lesson,” the tactician noted.

Kenya face England, Australia and USA in the Dubai leg in December and Treu admitted it will a tough pool. “It’s a difficult pool but I think the boys will have to step up and play exceptionally well to qualify for the Main Cup quarters. I think the belief in the team is there,” he said.

The coach said the next five weeks will be key as the team will have to improve on strength and conditioning ahead of the two tournaments. “Our fitness levels and conditioning must be good because we play two consecutive tournaments until the end of the season,” added Treu. The team will have 10-day break before resuming training on October 22.

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