Osir: The series is for Homeboyz to lose

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 12, 2017
  • Osir believes the Series has delivered in two particular areas namely team tactics and 'individual player expression'. (SNA. File Photo)

"In my opinion, the Series is there for Homeboyz to lose. On average, they have been more consistent than most of the teams in the four legs."

That's Oscar Osir for you. The former Kenya 7's captain has always been bold as a leader and player. He spoke to SNA after four tournaments of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Series.

Osir who is on Impala's technical bench believes Kabras Sugar have an outside chance depending on how they navigate their way out of Pool A at Christie Sevens this weekend but this will also depend on how the DJ's play.

But, the former winger has no doubt about Homeboyz: "In contrast, for Homeboyz, their destiny is within their control no matter what the rest of us are doing."

Inwardly, most of the coaches admire the qualities in other teams and identify standout players. Osir is not exempt.

"With regards to players and how they express themselves, I have been impressed with the Oilers players [who isn't]. It's a pleasure to watch Harold Anduvate with ball in hand..except when he's playing against Impala!" Osir admits.

Anduvate is one of the key players for Menengai Oilers who are only two years old and has kind words from his coach, Gibson Weru, a former assistant Kenya 7's assistant captain. 

Besides Anduvate, Osir has noted the resurgence of Sikuta [Dan], Oscar Ouma, Tanga [Brian], [Samuel] Motari, Minjire [Ian], "who in my view have come out to play to their strengths and not only just within the team tactics."

At the beginning of the Series in Mombasa, there were a few cobwebs. "After four legs, the teams are 'match fitter'." observes Osir.

Hard work by the technical bench

The development of the teams according to Osir is because of the hard work by the technical bench. Six of the teams are being handled by former Kenya Sevens players and an assistant coach.

"I think the coaching staff from most teams for being deliberate in their tactical approach and this includes the Division Two invitational side," the Impala 7's coach admits.

The team match fitness has improved and could be a factor on who wins the overall title. "Homeboyz did not look out and out fit in Mombasa but they played at their pace and knew when to apply themselves depending on the opposition."

"We [Impala] had a lucky break on Day 1 when Impala utilized the width of the pitch in Kabeberi Sevens while KCB, [kings of the breakdown] in Prinsloo played some brilliant support play mostly off Darwin [Mukidza].

"In Sepetuka, I felt Nakuru had it in them to go beyond the quarters because they were combining their brute and speed very well but at the same time, Kabras were making very few mistakes and pivoting off Tanga and Sikuta. The two players were the difference in my view but like I said there was efficiency all round."

Osir would like to see Impala improve on last year's performance. "So far we are more or less at the same place we were at last season. We are therefore working towards getting some results from the next two tournaments."

But, Osir reiterates: "Overall, I think the circuit has been very good for Kenya rugby, 7's in particular. The results speak for themselves with four winners from four tournaments. I feel that this particular Series has delivered, so far, in two particular areas namely team tactics and 'individual player expression."