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7s Captain Andrew Amonde in action. Amonde is optimistic the team will bounce back from a run of poor results and end the season brightly. (PIX: Courtesy)

The Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde is optimistic the team will bounce back from a run of poor results and end the season brightly.

Amonde who skippered the team over a tough period when 18 players broke ranks with the management and kept off says their return has bolstered team spirit.

The Sevens team returned to training on Monday ahead of the trip to New Zealand on February 5, seeking to jump-start their stuttering season. Kenya is flirting with relegation from core team status in World Rugby following their dismal performance in the current campaign.

The team is languishing in 14th place in the 18-team league, with just 11 points after three legs and Amonde hopes returning players can help turn the tide in the remaining six legs.

“Team spirit right now is high and we want to build on that going to Wellington and Vegas. The players also see the need to perform better and looking at the rankings, we have to win more matches and collect more points,” said Amonde.

“We had some targets at the beginning of season and I think we can still achieve them. Everyone is working hard to see that the team performs well and going by the current morale among players I can say that we’ll hit top form again,” he added.

The experienced skipper was scanty on details about training changes instituted by Felix Ochieng who succeeded Paul Treu at the helm but called on fans to have patience with the team as Ochieng seeks a winning formulae that eluded the South African for slightly over a year.

The team’s dream of qualifying directly to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games seems over as they trail leaders South Africa by a whopping 48 points.
The players have six legs to revive that dream and have Argentina, Scotland and Samoa to contend with in the Wellington Sevens next month.

Kenya picked four points from the opening two legs in Gold Coast and Dubai before adding seven in the tray by reaching the Bowl finals in Port Elizabeth.

Reaching the Main Cup quarter-finals in the remaining six legs will guarantee them double-digit points.

“The squad composition matters a lot in winning matches and achieving points and looking at the players in camp, reaching the Cup quarters should not trouble us. A lot is at play and come the time of squad naming, I’ll know where we’ll reach in the New Zealand,” he said.

WELLINGTON SEVENS

GROUP D (Feb 6-7, 2015)
Argentina v Kenya
Scotland v Kenya
Samoa v Kenya

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