Kenya rugby turns focus to Cape Town Sevens

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-09 23:21:15|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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NAIROBI, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- With only four points, Kenya rugby team turns focus to the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa in their quest to commandeer the World Series.

Kenya is in Pool D for the second leg of the 2019/2020 Sevens World Series, the Cape Town Sevens taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from Dec. 13-15.

Kenya must scheme the best navigation points to overcome the challenge from Ireland, Australia, and Samoa. "Of course we wanted better performance in our quest for the top-eight finish at the close of the 2019/2020 campaign," Paul Feeney, Kenya's head coach said on Monday.

With the Olympic Games coming up in 2020, Kenya needs to be consistent and string together better results as the series gain momentum before heading to Tokyo in August 2020.

In Dubai, Kenya, who had pushed South Africa so hard in their opening game on Thursday, proved too hot for Scotland to handle in the 13th place play-off with Johnstone Olindi and Alvin Otieno among the try-scorers in their 26-14 victory.

The team currently lies in position 13 on the leaderboard with four points.

They will start their campaign in Cape Town against Samoa on Friday before playing two matches on Saturday starting with Australia before meeting Ireland.

Hosts South Africa, winners of the opening leg in Dubai lead in Pool A, where they are alongside USA, Fiji, and Japan while Pool B features New Zealand, Argentina, Canada and Wales with England, France, Spain, and Scotland setting up Pool C.

The Tokyo Games will be the second time that rugby Sevens is played at the Olympics after their return to Rio in 2016. South Africa (men) and Kenya (men and women) teams will represent Africa in Tokyo.