Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera has praised the character displayed by his Squad after coming back from a 17-points to beat Eastern Province Elephants 41-24 in their final Currie Cup match over the weekend.
Coach Odera said Simbas’ third win of the competition prepares the team for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal showdown against Uganda Cranes on July 2nd in Marseille, France.
According to the Tactician, the halftime pep talk was enough to fire the momentum and toughen up against rivals.
“We hardly had possession in the first quarter and the few times we got the ball, we scored two tries. I told the boys to maintain possession and territory and you saw how composed we were in the second half as we dictated play,” said Odera.
Odera however acknowledged, picking the 28 players for the qualifiers with several for selection after impressive performances in the Currie Cup campaign will be a challenge.
“It will be a headache, a good one for any coach, to have quality in every position. We would have loved to pick 30 players but World Rugby have said we can only have 28 for the event,” added Odera.
He added that the Simbas have two weeks to prepare and polish up on the lineout and scrum before leaving for France.