Injera won’t let tries record affect his play in Singapore


Colins Injera bows down in short prayer the moment he went over for his record ...
Colins Injera bows down in short prayer the moment he went over for his record breaking 231st try at Twickenham, London on May 20, 2016. PHOTO/World Rugby

The Kenya national sevens rugby team Vice-captain Collins Injera admitted he wishes to reclaim his spot at the all-time HSBC World Series tryscoring leader board but will not let his ambitions affect his style of play.

England flyer Dan Norton surpassed the previous record of 244 tries at the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens tournament and now sits two tries above Injera ahead of the eighth round in Singapore.

“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,” Injera told worldrugby.org.

The Shujaa head to Singapore as titleholders after stunning Fiji 30-7 in the Main Cup final last year but their form has – over the previous seven rounds – dipped too low to give the slightest indication they might defend their crown.

The stunning upset of Fiji in last year’s final was Kenya’s first tournament win in a world series event despite making the final in two previous editions – Australia in 2009 and New Zealand in 2013.

“It was a very special win for us,” Injera said.

“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 Mwamba winger was quoted saying.

Shujaa collected seven points in Hong Kong last weekend after a 21-19 loss to Scotland in the Challenge trophy; a result which saw them climb one place up the latest standings from 12th to 11th with 47 points.

Captain Andrew Amonde and Dennis Ombachi were among the top performers on the DHL tracker.

Ombachi collected 45 points from 17 tackles, six breaks, two offloads and 20 carries while Amonde collected 44 points from 13 tackles, a break, six offloads and 25 carries.

Kenya will play Australia, Argentina and Samoa in Pool C in the next round.

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