Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera has hailed Simbas 35-12 win against Border Bulldogs on Saturday last weekend, saying the win has boosted, in great effect, the confidence of the team towards the ongoing tournament.
It was the Simbas’ first win of the tournament after suffering back-to-back defeats by Valke Falcons, Zimbabwe GoShawks and Griffons in the opening fixtures.
Speaking after the game, Odera said the team played with great confidence, and the win comes as a positive result in the Simbas preparation for Uganda’s date and long-term Rugby World Cup preps.
“Our defence went up two or three levels from last week. We were tackling a lot better, good line speed and when we kicked we chased hard and shut down Border. Our discipline was a lot better than last week. Which is pleasing. The win gives the tour party plenty of confidence going forward. It also puts us in a good frame of mind as we prepare to play Uganda on the 2nd of July,” he told KRU media.
Odera was also quick to highlight improvements in scrums and lineouts from the side, praising the side for playing with more ambition and good set pieces organisation.
“We backed ourselves and we were ambitious enough to go for 5 points instead of easier 3 points. We played with great confidence and took the game to Border from the start. Our scrums and lineouts improved a great deal in this game. Without a set piece it is not possible to compete at this level,” he said.