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Learning curve for Kenya sevens: Treu

14 October 2014, 19:00

Nairobi - Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has maintained a brave face, even after the country's Sevens team performed poorly with its chairman Mwangi Muthee saying their show was good.

The team, which returns home Tuesday from Gold Coast, Australia could only secure two points after it lost the Shield Finals to Portugal.

"The men did pretty well," said Muthee. "You could see they went out there determined to do a job against anyone that came including Wales a strong past world champion."

With focus on Kenya finishing in the top four to land an automatic slot to the Rio Olympics in 2016, there is more concern to coach Paul Treu to pick up the pieces and regroup to salvage his pride and that of the nation.

" Its a learning curve for most of the players, but we will be fine, Treu said.

Muthee said that the team which had seven players making their debut on the world stage, deserves some credit because they narrowly missed making the quarter final of the Main Cup competition and their eventual slump to the Shield competition was no disgrace.

In the next round of the nine-leg World Series will be the Dubai Sevens on Dec. 5 and 6 and Kenya are in a supremely tough Group 'C' with England, Australia and the USA.

The last time Kenya finished in the top four was two seasons ago under Mike Friday. Last campaign, Kenya was a distant seventh.

The top four teams in the 2014/15 season will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Others will have to go through continental qualification.

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