Rugby Mag article on Rugby Sevens Tigers in Africa
The Tackling Cancer Tigers had to endure a very tough draw in Nairobi this weekend as they were pitted against eventual Cup champions Samoa in their first game. Tigers lost 44-0. Samoa were on fire, completely denying the ball to their opponents, and clinically finishing all their opportunities. “We looked good when we got the ball” said coach James Walker, “but unfortunately we ended up playing defense for more than 10 minutes, and against a team like that it always going to be tough.”
After that grueling encounter the Tigers were faced with another IRB team Spain and even though the end result was 33-0 to the Europeans, there were some glimpses of form starting to show. “We were very disappointed with that result, and definitely feel the game was much closer than the scoreboard showed. I just told the boys to hang in there and focus on getting our defensive pattern watertight. These were two fully professional teams that had been training together for months and some perspective was needed.” said Walker. “Let’s focus on D and the rest will take care of itself”
The last game of the day was against the Goshawks, which is the Zimbabwe development side. Finally the Tigers, unleashed rookies Nick Brandenstein and Mike Shea onto the park.
The pair showed some bite and the defense stepped up. As Walker predicted the offense came with the Tigers smashing their opponents 52-0 for a much need moral boost.
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Gavin Hickie, The LineoutCoach, is a former Ireland, Leinster and Leciester rugby player now based in California and taking rugby to the USA. He writes for Rugby Mag and other publications when not coaching for Belmont Shore and blogging on lineoutcoach.com