Amonde: We are in a very good place

Australia also impressed at the last round in Hong Kong, finishing third, and captain Tom Lucas is upbeat ahead of Saturday and Sunday in the National Stadium: “We were very happy with the boys.

Unfortunately we didn’t beat Fiji in the semis but overall it was a pretty good result, looking back on it. Lucas praised the performance of his teammate Henry Hutchison who scored some important tries at the seventh round of the series:

“He did really well. He stuck out wide and finished brilliantly all weekend.”

The heat and humidity is a factor in Singapore but Lucas thinks teams will adapt: “It’s tough stuff. Coming from Australia it’s not too bad given how hot it gets at home, but it’s a bit of a surprise to the system training here this morning.”

Kenya return to Singapore as defending champions and captain Andrew Amonde is hoping his side can rediscover some of the form from that event.

“I think we’re in a very good place — we played very well in Hong Kong but we’re hoping to do what we did last year in Singapore. It was about determination last year and about focusing on what we needed to do.”

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