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Kenyan trio excel at Paris 7s
By Patrick Korir | Sun 02 Jun, 2019 21:05

Big hitting Andrew Amonde, a former Kenya 7s captain, was named to the Paris 7s dream team as the event wrapped the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series on Sunday 2 June at Stade Jean-Bouin , France.

The unassuming forward put in a commendable show at the event leading Kenya to the cup quarters for the first time this season. Entry to the last eight in Paris 7s saved Kenya from the blushes of relegation.

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Amonde, playing in his 70th World Series event, became the first Kenyan to be named to a dream team this season in making the Paris 7s forward line alongside Scott Curry of New Zealand and James Rodwell of England.

Fiji's Vilimoni Botitu, New Zealand's Andrew Knewstubb, USA's Madison Hughes and South Africa's Muller Du Plessis complete the dream team.

2018/19 Paris 7s dream team; Scott Curry (New Zealand), Andrew Amonde (Kenya), James Rodwell (England), Vilimoni Botitu (Fiji), Andrew Knewstubb (w Zealand), Madison Hughes (USA), Muller Du Plessis (South Africa).

Mwale, Olindi in Paris performance tracker

As Amonde made the dream team, Kenyan pair of Bush Mwale and rookie Johnstone Olindi made it to the top seven list of the DHL Performance Tracker. Mwale came third with 41 points with Olindi sixth with 38 same as South Africa's Muller du Plessis. 

Mwale led the list and Olindi was third after two sets of games on day two but dropped downwards after Kenya's dramatic exit at the fifth placed semis to France. Winning teams after the second set of games went on to contest a final giving their players an extra game. 

Mwale had 24 carries, six offloads, four breaks and seven tackles compared to Olindi's 25 carries, five offloads, two breaks and six tackles. 

The DHL Impact player award went to Jean Pascal Barraque of France who managed 45 points. He had two points on Japan's skipper Kameli Raravou Soejima. 

Ben Pinkelman of USA, Vilimoni Botitu of Fiji all with 39 points came in between Mwale and Olindi. 

Patrick Korir
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