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Tough questions will be asked when the Kenya Sevens team arrives on Tuesday from London after poor performance in the 2013/2014 IRB World Series season.
Kenya Rugby Union will review coach Paul Treu’s performance after the team dropped two places to seventh with 84 points, a far cry from last season when the team finished fifth overall with 99 points under Briton Mike Friday. Treu introduced the team to a new style of playing.
Although Kenya Sevens reached six main Cup quarter-finals this season (at Gold Coast, Dubai, South Africa, Tokyo, Glasgow and London), it was incomparable to last season’s feat of playing in five Cup quarter-finals, four Cup semi-finals and one main Cup final under Friday.
The Briton quit after taking Kenya Sevens to their second Cup semi-final at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Russia. Kenya played in the 2009 semis.
South African Treu had coached Springboks for nine years, guiding them to several Cup victories, including the IRB World Sevens Series.
REVIEW OF CONTRACT
KRU will review Treu’s three-year contract in view of the challenges he faced. He was tasked with setting up High Performance structures, besides putting the team “on the road to 2016 Rio Olympics.”
Hired in September, Treu’s performance will be judged on Kenya’s performance in Las Vegas Sevens, Wellington, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Glasgow and London Sevens.
He had experimental sides at the Dubai and Port Elizabeth Sevens. His deputy Felix “Toti” Ochieng guided the team at the Gold Coast Sevens.
But Former Kenya Sevens deputy coach Charles Cardovillis thinks rather than sacrifice Treu, KRU should first look at his contractual obligations and spell out clear roles for coaches in future.
“One should also look at the players Treu had in his side. Last season’s team was at the peak, having taken many years to develop. One would say it needed some sort of rejuvenation after its peak last year with Rugby World Cup semi-final performance,” he said.
The absence of key players took toll on the team, with winger William Ambaka leaving for professional contract in France. Skipper Andrew Amonde, Philip Wamae and Dennis Ombachi missed out through injury.
Treu’s player positioning also came to question as he brought in new style with Injera, who operates on the wing, getting a new role of acting as a sweeper as well as kicker. More so, the team style of play moved away from its traditional open and running play to a closed circuit ruck play and this didn’t bring out the best.
Cardovillis says that by virtue of having guided South Africa to a series victory, it means that Treu has a development set up as the Director of Development. “The biggest thing for him is not winning trophies per say but imparting that knowledge to Kenyan coaches but how many ,” Cardovillis said. “
– Daily Nation