Injera eyes Singapore repeat

Date published: April 14 2017

Kenya will be looking to defend their Singapore Sevens crown when this year's edition of the tournament kicks off on Saturday.

What made Kenya's feat last year even more remarkable is the fact that none of them are full time professional rugby players.

This year, however, they are in a tougher group, having to contend with Australia, Argentina and Samoa in Pool C.

Collins Injera, the hero of last year's memorable triumph and the second leading try-scorer in series history, has reflected on the historic tournament victory.

"It was a very special win for us," Injera told World Rugby.

"I’ve been playing in the series for a long time now and this is my ninth year.

"Going into the tournament we were confident we could do well but having never won a tournament before, we had no expectations of that sort.

"To win on the world series, you have to beat six quality teams to take home the trophy so a lot of things have to go your way. For us, we just had that extra bit of motivation, we played as a team and would do anything for each other."

The 30-year-old recalls the infamous drop goal which saw off the Argentinians in the semi-final when the score was tied at 12-12.

"If I remember well I had missed the conversion earlier in the match which was relatively easy. I talked to the captain Andrew (Amonde) and said let me have a shot.

"He looked at me and told me to go an have a shot at it. I just wanted to hit the ball as hard as I can and that’s what I did. I managed to get the technique right and the power."

Meanwhile, he has signalled his intention to take the leading try-scorer tag back after Dan Norton of England usurped him with 245 tries.

"I'm obviously looking to take back that record but I can't let it affect the way I play," he said. "I am always looking to score but the team is the most important thing. If the record comes, then that's a bonus for me."

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