Kenya 7s star Collins Injera has revealed that the side did not expect to win Singapore 7s in the 2015/16 season.
Shujaa surprised the world on April 17 2016 beating Fiji 7s who had just won Hong Kong 7s the previous weekend in final to be crowned champions of the competition.
Injera believes that confidence and team work is what saw them make history by winning the first ever World Series title. He stated that the title win was very special for the playing unit.
‘It was a very special win for us. I’ve been playing in the series for a long time now and this is my ninth year. I’ve had a lot of great memories with Humphrey so winning last year in Singapore was truly special for me personally. He has given a huge amount to the game and while he is not here this year, Kenyan rugby can be grateful for what he has achieved’
‘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.’ He told World Rugby.
Injera recalls the penalty that sent Kenya to the finals. He had missed a conversion earlier in the match and when the scoreline was tied at 12-12 and Kenya got a penalty, the Mwamba man took the penalty and scored despite the distance from the posts and helped Kenya beat Argentina.
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‘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 and 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,’ he added
Shujaa will kick off their title defense against Argentina on Saturday 15 at 11:00hrs at The National Stadium before taking on Australia at 14:22hrs and Samoa marking their final challenge at 17:56 at the same venue.