Yes, we can, says Injera

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By BS Mulavi

Collins Injera hopes to extend his rugby form to the Sevens World Cup starting on Thursday and ends on Saturday in Dubai.

The young speedster shares the top slot in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens circuit with 20 tries alongside New Zealand’s Luke Morahan.

Dubai has proved to be a great hunting ground for Injera who scored seven tries in the opening leg of the IRB circuit to be the leading try scorer in the tournament.

“Going by my recent form, I am under pressure to perform, but this is not a bad thing as I will have to be at my best at all times,” said Injera. The player experienced consequences of a good performance when a week after the Dubai leg he managed to score only two tries in George, South Africa.

“After a good outing, people tend to be wary of you and will mark you tightly which makes it hard for one to score. I think all I have to do is to keep on working hard and the results will show,” Injera said.

Collins Injera during a Kenya Cup Rugby match. The player is top scorer in the International Rugby Board Sevens series. Photo: File

He picked himself up in the following leg in Wellington, New Zealand, to score five tries and a further six in the US a week later.

Elder brother

“The big stage is now set with the World Cup at hand. The President has also shown his support for us so I think we don’t have another choice but to perform. I will just have to wait for the right opportunities to pop up and I guarantee scores.”

Injera, who plays alongside his elder brother, Humphrey Kayange, will not be short of opportunities as the captain has also been in top form with breath taking performances to release his brother down the wing.

“I don’t think this is an individual performance, it is a team sport. Without my team-mates I would not be able to do what I do, I have seen players like Victor Oduor and Lavin Asego playing so well and that has inspired me to do my part as well,” Injera added.

“As a team I think this is the first time we feel adequately prepared for a tournament. We have been training together for so long, played many games together and the team conditioning by the coaches is just superb. I don’t see why we can’t come back with the trophy,” he said.

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