NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A buoyant Kenya sevens rugby team is aiming to
storm into the semi-finals of the Las Vegas Sevens boosted by
the return of their record try scorer, Collins Injera.
team in the 2017/18 HSBC World Series is confident they can
build on their main cup quarters successes at the Australian and
New Zealand legs of the competition. They take on Fiji, Russia
and France in Pool A of the US leg of the series.
Injera, 31, who is
number two on the all-time World Series try scoring list,
returned to the team for the first time since the opening leg in
Dubai last December where he was forced to return home due to a
He acknowledges his
reduced role in the team as head coach Innocent Simiyu attempts
to create a team that is not reliant on the star winger who has
been the fulcrum of the side for a decade.
“I’m among the most
experienced members of the team. My time is almost up. It will
be sad if I don’t leave a legacy,” said Injera.
“As a mentor, I have
reached a stage in my life where I have to guide other players
to success and my starting point will be in the fifth and sixth
legs in the USA and Canada,” the former vice-captain said on
Thursday ahead of their departure to Las Vegas.
The scoring burden
has been transferred to Samuel Oliech who has scored 72 points
thus far this season and 281 in his 93 games for his team.
Oliech called on his
teammates to be more clinical in Las Vegas to fulfill their wish
of making the last four in the main cup competition for the
first time this season.
“We could have
easily shattered this barrier in the last two legs in Sydney and
Hamilton but fatigue got the better of us. We could hardly move.
If we want to make it past our recent achievements in Australia
and New Zealand, then we should strive to be consistent,” said
Oliech who took over from Injera as the vice-captain.
Oliech hopes to take
his points tally into triple figures. “I know with Injera and
Andrew Amonde [captain] on board, my dream to hit the target is
valid. I will rely on their experience to execute the runs,”
Kenya is on 35
points heading to Las Vegas, 22 behind series leaders and
defending champions South Africa.