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Namcos pleased with Kenya 7s performance at London, Paris 7s
By Eric Njiru | Mon 11 Jun, 2018 23:34

Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu Namcos says he is pleased with London and Paris 7s performance as Kenya won Challenge Trophy and Shield respectively.

Namcos and his side arrived back in Nairobi on Monday evening where he said, despite the not-so-good returns in Paris, he is proud of the finish. 

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Heading to London Kenya 7s had made it out of the group stages six straight times - to make it seven out of eight adding Dubai 7s - to feature in the main cup quarters. In the rounds preceding to the final lap, shujaa had been to two straight finals at Singapore and Hong Kong. 

That streak was broken in London when Kenya 7s dropped out to the challenge trophy after tying USA 19-19, 24-5 win over France and falling 38-12 to England. The team rolled over Spain 38-0 in the challenge quarters, 42-10 over Argentina in the semis and 33-19 over Wales to win it to scoop eight points that saw the team go past the century barrier for the first time ever to settle at 101 while staying seventh in the rankings.

Onto Paris, the team recovered from a 24-5 fall to New Zealand in game one of pool A to register a morale boosting 22-19 win over Fiji before adding a 24-10 win over Samoa. The two wins were however not enough for a Cup quarters berth as both New Zealand and Fiji had two wins each as well and due to point difference Kenya dropped to the Challenge trophy once again. 

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A 19-12 loss to Argentina meant Kenya would be going for the least attractive of trophies. 26-14 win over Russia got the team to the 13th place final where they knocked out Scotland 21-20 to end the season with an added three points to end the season with 104 points. 

"In London and Paris we didn't get the results we wanted but we are very happy with the boys; if you look in terms of performance from the coaching performance."

The three points at Paris 7s matched the fete during the second leg in Cape Town 7s last December where the team beat neighbors Uganda 24-14 to win the 13th place final. 

"We are more interested in the performance of the boys and this was our best performance. If you look at Paris this is the first time we were in a tough pool and we managed to win two matches and lose out on point difference so we are happy."

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"If you look at London another tough pool and we raised our hands. Of course, the results we wanted were more. I believe the boys had more to give and if we had managed to get to the quarters we would be talking of something different."

With 104 points, Kenya 7s achieved their best performance in the World Sevens Series this season. They reached two cup back-to-back finals while forward Oscar Ouma who was a stand-in captain for injured Oscar Ayodi in five legs made the 2017/18 season dream team. Further, the team won the Fair Play award for being the most exciting all through the season. All this were firsts for the side on the ten-part Seven Series. 

"We thank God we managed to finish the season on a high note and achieve our target of 100 points. Next thing for us is how do we finalize with the World Cup coming up." said Namcos who was completing his second season as Kenya 7s coach. 

Kenya is one of the 24 teams that will be taking part in the upcoming World Cup set to be held in San Francisco, USA from 20-22 July. 

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