CHANCE FOR MORANS

Morans seek to bounce back in Africa Cup sevens in Mauritius

The Morans will open their account against Zambia at 8:44 am before facing Algeria at 1:28 pm .

In Summary

•Kisia charges will conclude their preliminary fixtures against Madagascar at 2:34 pm in a match they will be gunning for revenge having lost last week's fixture 7-5.

•The former Strathmore Leos and Mwamba coach said they have reviewed last weekend's performance and expect a polished all-round display.

Strathmore Leos Victor Mola during past sevens tournament
Strathmore Leos Victor Mola during past sevens tournament

Kenya Morans will seek to bounce back after an underwhelming performance in the first leg of the Africa Cup Sevens in Mauritius.

Louis Kisia's charges looked rusty and too selfish in their approach and they will be keen to correct those areas in the two-day rugby tournament on the Indian Ocean Island.

The Morans will open their account against Zambia at 8:44 am before facing Algeria at 1:28 pm.

Kisia charges will conclude their preliminary fixtures against Madagascar at 2:34 pm in a match they will be gunning for revenge having lost last week's fixture 7-5.

The former Strathmore Leos and Mwamba coach said they have reviewed last weekend's performance and expect a polished all-round display.

“We sat down with the boys on Monday and reviewed all the areas we need to improve. We have two solid training sessions just to get the team up to speed,” said Kisia. 

The coach said he encouraged the side to be more team-oriented and be clinical in both attack and defence.

“ If we play as a unit, we can achieve great things as we need to be sharper on both sides of the ball when in possession and defence.”

The Kenya Sevens' assistant coach said the standards of Sevens rugby have improved greatly on the continent and you should underestimate teams at your peril.

“Countries like Burkina Faso and Madagascar have made strides in the last couple of years. On a given day, we can push some of the top teams close,” observed Kisia. 

Co-Captain Brian Mutua said the opening tournament was a wake-up call to the team. “It's a reality check for the entire team. We must intensify our game, physicality and accuracy and be smart rugby for us to win the tournament." 

Uganda won the opening leg, beating Madagascar 31-12 in the final last weekend.

The knockout phases of the championship will be held on Sunday with the top two teams qualifying for the Challenger Seven Series in January.

Kenya and South Africa are exempt from the Challenger event with both sides being core members of the World Seven Series.