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Kenya Confident

Kenya are determined to again beat the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in the pool clash of the Canada Sev­ens in Vancouver tomorrow. Last week, the Kenyans scored an upset
10 Mar 2018 11:00
Kenya Confident
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players Paula Dranisinukula and Amenoni Nasilasila monitor their team-mates during their weight session in Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Naca Cawanibuka.

Kenya are determined to again beat the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in the pool clash of the Canada Sev­ens in Vancouver tomorrow.

Last week, the Kenyans scored an upset 17-14 win over the Fijians at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.

Kenyan head coach Innocent Simiyu has warned his play­ers against underestimating their opponents in the group stages of the Canada Sevens.

They have been pooled with Spain, France and Fiji.

According to Xinhua, analysts believe the pool is a weak group and for Fiji and Kenya to sail through. But Simiyu is concerned it might play a trick to his players’ mind not to give their best.

“We will be eyeing our third straight qualification to the Cup quarters as we push for the target to reach the 100 point margin by the end of the circuit,” he said.

“We have a tough pool though we’re playing France and Fiji again as well as Spain for the first time this season. It will be interesting to see how the boys play this weekend.

“The key focus has been on our preparations so that we ensure we start well and finish well, hit our performance targets early and consistently,” he added.

The coach has his full squad available for selection and hopes for consistency as they go for the maximum points.

“So far the players have responded well, thanks to the conditioning and tactics coaches, who have managed to get them to 100 per cent recovery after Las Vegas. The players are now eager and ready to go,” he said.

The Fiji-Kenya clash kicks-off at 1.40pm tomorrow.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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