Fiji left Kenya defence exposed as they routed the Sevens team 36-0 in Plate finals as the curtains came down on the first leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Series in Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday.
“It was good that the Kenyan defence were very passive, so all we had to do was to be patient and the holes would eventually emerge,” said Fijian Coach Ben Ryan.
These summed up Kenya’s performance in the first tournament of the IRB where the national team came out with 12 points, which puts them in sixth position in the overall standings.
Kenya’s dearth in consistence surfaced again as proof of their frailties in defence. When Kenya had the ball in hand, they flourished as displayed in their massive victories against USA and Tonga. However, the moment they lost possession, the team struggled immensely as potrayed in their losses against New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
When it came to defence, Kenya failed to press their opponents, which gave the opponents a chance to switch the game and prod holes in the backline, which eventually caved in. One-on-one tackles, saw Kenya fail to put in aggressive gear that pushed the opponent back and deny them the front foot.
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