Treu confident ahead of Gold Coast Sevens
08 October 2014, 16:18
Nairobi - Kenya National Sevens team Coach Paul Treu has backed his players to
perform at the upcoming Gold Coast Sevens tournament, taking place from
11th - 12th October.
Treu will debut a new-look team much different to the one that
contested the final leg of last season's Sevens circuit, following the
contract disputes between the Kenya Rugby Union and a number of key
players which have led to an impasse, keeping the players on the
sidelines for the time being.
Treu said he was confident that the new players in the team, who were
all eager to represent their country, would stand up to the test.
“Our main focus when playing in the Safaricom Sevens was the Gold
Coast Sevens. It has been a big journey for the side since we started
training and I must say that we have learned quite a lot and we are
taking every opportunity to get better,” he said.
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“The players are eager to wear the Kenyan jersey and to do the
country proud and it is our role as the technical bench to do everything
in our power to help them achieve that.
“One area that is of critical importance is the Lineouts, when you
look at some of the top teams like South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji,
they do not play in their own half and prefer to kick the ball out and
and contest back possession from the lineout.
“I think we have the height to win our own ball with the likes of
Oliver Mangeni who is good enough to compete against the best in the
world,” he added.
Kenya will play their first match of the tournament against American
Somoa, after which they take on Wales before wrapping up their pool
matches by facing African rivals South Africa.
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