Work cut out for Kenya in Port Elizabeth sevens series
06 December 2013, 09:15
Nairobi- Kenya will be in South Africa for the third leg of the IRB sevens series in Port Elizabeth. Here is what they should expect from their opponents out there.
South Africa - Series ranking: 3rd (Cup runners-up in Dubai)
Sevens head coach Neil Powell has called Steven Hunt and Kwagga Smith
into his squad in Port Elizabeth to replace the injured Stephan
Dippenaar and Jamba Ulengo.
ruled out of action with a hamstring injury in Dubai, while Ulengo
(foot) also misses their home Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens.
Horne (leg) passed a late fitness test to make Powell's squad, as they
look to build on their Cup final appearance and win a first-ever home
tournament on the Series.
Hunt and Smith were
all in action in Dubai where they helped the SA Sevens Academy team
defend their Dubai Invitational title for a fourth successive time.
One to watch: Cecil Afrika is still a menance but increasingly SA work off Branco du Preez and Justin Geduld
Kenya - Series ranking: 6th (Cup quarter-finalists in Dubai)
Former Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu has also been forced to make changes to his Kenya side.
Wamae and Michael Wanjala are unavailable due to injury, while Patrice
Agunda must sit exams and their places in the Kenya team are taken by
Davis Chenge, Billy Odhiambo and Dan Sikuta.
flyer Collins Injera led from the front with a strong performance in
Dubai, making the fans' Dream Team. He now sits fourth on the all-time
Series try-scoring list, with 165.
One to watch: Captain Andrew Amonde leads magnificently and will be pleased to welcome back Billy Odhiambo as a foil for Collins Injera.
Canada - Series ranking: 11th (Bowl semi-finalists in Dubai)
took the eventual Cup champions Fiji to the wire in their pool clash in
Dubai and also had scrum-half Phil Mack in the fans' Dream Team.
of the Port Elizabeth tournament coach Geraint John has been forced
into two changes through injury, Pat Kay and debutant Duncan Maguire
coming in to replace Connor Braid and Lucas Hammond.
One to watch: Even
after all these years playmaker Phil Mack is still Canada's heartbeat.
Captain John Moonlight is part of a strong forward pack.
Spain - Series ranking: 15th (Shield runners-up in Dubai)
Jesus Delgado names an unchanged squad from the 12 that competed in
Dubai, featuring the recall of some of the country's best players in
Pablo Feijoo, Ignacio Martin and Jaike Carter.
will be looking for more from his players, though, who currently occupy
that automatic relegation place, ranked 15th of the current core teams.
One to watch: Big wing Ignacio Martin is a great player to have back in the side.