Kenya Harlequin boss Paul Murunga issues postmortem after KCB mauling

RUGBY Kenya Harlequin boss Paul Murunga issues postmortem after KCB mauling

Mark Kinyanjui 06:00 - 26.02.2024

Murunga has revealed stagefright cost his charges big time in their heavy loss to KCB in a Kenya Cup clash played on Saturday.

Kenya Harlequin head coach Paul Murunga has revealed what went wrong in their 45-15 loss to KCB RFC in a Kenya Cup clash played at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka on Saturday.

Quins conceded five unanswered tries in the first half, and although they scored two tries and won a penalty, they could not match KCB’s standards as the Bankers stormed to victory and are now just two points behind leaders Kabras Sugar.

Speaking after the match, Murunga admitted his players experienced stagefright in the first half which ultimately counted against them.

“I think in the first half, we were a little bit tense. We soaked in a lot of tries, around four easy tries that as a team we should have given a much better fight,” Murunga told Pulse Sports.

“It was kick off try, kick off try, so by the time we were catching up with the game, it was too late. Our starting lineup did not match the game’s tempo, we did not play according to structure and could not come back into the game.”

Murunga revealed that his side has to learn to strike a balance in the remaining two games of the season if they are to stand a chance of finishing at least third in the league this season.

“We have to restructure. In the previous game against Kabras, where we started strongly, this one we started very weakly.

“We have to go back and see what went wrong and if we are able to maintain the intensity of the game from the word go till the end of the game.”

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