McGrath praises Shujaa’s performance in LA.


Kenya Sevens head coach Damian McGrath has expressed his satisfaction with Kenya’s performance in the just-concluded World Sevens Series in Los Angeles.

The team secured 13 points after finishing sixth overall and the Coach believes they have laid down a foundation for future performances for next season.

“All round, It was a good performance. We have improved in certain aspects of the game but there is room to do even. Next year, we hope to be consistent across the ten legs of the series,” he said.

Coach McGrath who took over the team in April following poor performances in the first half of the season, said he will give opportunities to players who performed well in the national Sevens circuit for next season.

“I went round the country during the circuit and I expect competition for places to be intense. This bodes well for our future,” he added. 

McGrath said the team now shifts focus to the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which kickoffs in Cape Town, South Africa from September 9-11.

‘It’s going to be a competitive World Cup, especially with the format which is knockout. We must play our best rugby from the start until the finish,” he added.

Shujaa kick off their campaign against Tonga in the preliminaries and a win will see them take on Argentina in the round of 16.

The season for Shujaa has been underwhelming with the team finishing 12th overall with 49 points making it to the Main Cup quarterfinals three times—twice in Dubai and once in Los Angeles.

Shujaa started off slow losing to Samoa 33-14 before bouncing back to beat England 19-14 and Scotland 20-10 to book their spot in the last eight.

In the quarter-final, Shujaa fell to series champions Australia, losing 40-14 to drop to the classification match against hosts USA, where they won 21-14.


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