Jerome Paarwater has termed the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations as a good preparation platform for the Simbas as they plot for future assignments including the Rugby Africa Gold Cup which will in 2018 serve as the African qualifying round for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Speaking after the 10-31 loss to Russia in their second outing at this competition, Paarwater said, ” This competition has high standards and if we look at it in terms of preparation, it is good for us in terms of where we want to go.”
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Turning his attention to the game, Paarwater said, ” Yesterday’s game was again a game of two halves.We managed to hold on in the first half but unfortunately two soft tries after they kicked behind us spoilt it for us. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the actual match, we had a lot of opportunities in the first half that we didn’t use…too many 50-50 passes. We regrouped in the second half and scored a great try..and after doing a video review of the game we had the opportunity to score five more tries.It’s all about patience and using our opportunities because as we can see..if you squander your opportunities at this tournament, you don’t get them back and that is the difference between us and the other teams, ” he added.
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Commenting on the team’s performance in light of the changes wrung for this fixture, Paarwater said, ” I was very happy with the new guys and their performance..they did not disappoint.I told the team that it is a squad effort and everybody who traveled is going to get an opportunity to start. The important thing is depth in the squad and I am now confident knowing that these guys played a tough game and they must maintain their standards.”
The SportPesa sponsored team completes its assignments at the tournament with a clash against hosts Hong Kong at 12.00pm EAT on Saturday 18 November 2017 at the Hong Kong Football Club.
Regal Hotels Cup of Nations
Friday 10 November
Kenya 3 Chile 23
Russia 16 Hong Kong 13
Tuesday 14 November
Russia 31 Kenya 10
Hong Kong 13 Chile 6