If Kenya are looking for a boost in confident ahead of the Vancouver Sevens, then they one of the greatest coaches in the game has given it to them.
Gordon Tietjens, the former coach of All Blacks Sevens who is now at the helm of Samoa, said there will be “no easy” games for the USA Sevens runners-up when the compete in the group stages of this weekend’s Canada Sevens.
The Samoans earned 19 points in Las Vegas as they finished runners-up to the USA for their best performance of the 2018-10 HSBC World Sevens Series so far. They take on Fiji, Kenya and hosts Canada and Tietjens is bracing for a tough time in Vancouver.
“Another tough pool,” Tietjens said. “First game against Canada in Canada, you know? They always lift themselves for their crowd and of course our game against Canada here was very very close, it went right down to the wire.
“And it is our first game – we’ve got to get off to a good start – and then we’ve got Kenya and Fiji so no easy games but that’s the challenge for us. Can we back up our performance in another tournament with a good tournament?”
— #Shujaa (@KenyaSevens) March 7, 2019
Shujaa will look to boost their squad with arrival of Shaddon Munoko. The Mean Machine Captain will make his first debut for Kenya sevens in Vancouver this weekend.
“Shaddon Munoko all set for this weekend’s Vancouver7s. Safe flight and see you soon Shaddy!” tweeted KRU.
Munoko jetted out of the country on Tuesday evening to link up with Shujaa in Canada according to the Kenya Rugby Union. Munoko will be the 12th new player to be introduced to the HBSC World Sevens Series this year by Coach Muranga. He joins Olindi as the newest lot.
Although not officially confirmed by KRU, Shaddy is set to replace forward Brian Wandera after the forward who plies his trade at Homeboyz suffered an injury that put him out the last two matches.
Article written by Sundaa Machuki
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