Kenya Harlequins coach Paul Murunga challenges charges to man up against 'big' clubs

RUGBY Kenya Harlequins coach Paul Murunga challenges charges to man up against 'big' clubs

Mark Kinyanjui 06:30 - 29.02.2024

Quins were comprehensively smacked by Kabras and KCB in their last two matches, and Murunga has asked his players to show more bravery.

Kenya Harlequin head coach Paul 'Pau' Murunga has blamed his side’s recent bad run of results against the most reputable Kenya Cup teams on failing to have the personality to handle high-pressure games.

Quins have played Menengai Oilers, Kabras Sugar and KCB respectively in each of their last three Kenya Cup games, with all of them their direct competitors for the 2023/2024 trophy.

Their results have not been pleasant. Although they did beat the Oilers, they lost heavily to Kabras and KCB. They were involved in a disappointing collapse against the Sugar Millers having led at halftime, and just could not get into the game until late against the Bankers

Murunga believes his side have been left shattered by the demands of the last three matches.

“It took a toll on most of our players and you could see the fatigue levels in them.

“We have two games left. If we are able to play well and make sure that we win, then we finish third or fourth and host a pre-semis before qualifying for the semi-finals.

Murunga has asked the players to look at themselves in the mirror and show more grit and determination against sides of such magnitude moving forward if they are to win the Kenya Cup.

“There is a possibility of striking that balance but it is more down to individual players, maybe they are not able to handle big games.

“You could see most of them when they come in or when they start, they cannot handle big games, so from it, is to pick first players who can handle big games and make sure that we are able to maintain the tempo.

“As the game starts till the game ends, we are able to give that fight that we need to win.”

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