Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater is pointing on defence as the main reason for not bagging a win against Uganda in the opening round of Africa Gold Cup on Saturday June 24, 2017 in Nairobi.
Kenya trailed 26-33 go into the last four minutes but were awarded a penalty try to save them from a second defeat in three matches played in 2017.
“We know what we need to work on, today our defence let us done but set-pieces were good. Going to play Tunisia definitely defence is a concern there was a lot of hope for Uganda so we need to cover that.”
The clash against Tunisia comes two years after Kenya won 46-15 in Nairobi in 2015 before Tunisia got relegated, finished second in 1B in 2016 and gained promotion to stand a chance to take part in 2019 World Cup qualifiers.
“I told the guys every game now will be tough and that’s the nature of the competition. It’s important to win your matches but we dropped some today, we wanted to get at least four or five but we must now win all remaining home games and get one or two away.”
Uganda ran in three tries, four penalties and two conversions against Kenya’s three tries, three penalties, one conversion and a penalty try.
“In a true spirit of rugby they deserved all accolades they can get because they put great display today they were a lot better than they were in Uganda. They always play better in Nairobi.”
Paarwater may ring changes against Tunisia but admits that will purely be based on injuries after assessments.
“It depends on injuries, we will assess that then make a decision but it’s not time to try things out what is important is try win the games.”
Simbas host Senegal on July 15 before travelling to Namibia and Zimbabwe in the end of July.