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Kenya all set for Dubai 7s

Sikeli Qounadovu
Friday, December 01, 2017

KENYAN warhorse Collins Injera has high hopes for his Kenya 7s team ahead of this weekend's Emirates Dubai 7s.

Second on the all-time top try-scorers list with 244, Injera shows no sign of slowing down as he prepares to run onto the pitch with his gladiators today.

"We have a mix of young and experience in the side and we come into this tournament prepared just like all other teams," he said.

Kenya is pooled with South Africa, Canada and Uganda.

If Kenya comes second best in its pool and Fiji topping Pool C, the two side will be meeting in the cup quarter-final.

Meanwhile defending Emirates Dubai 7s and World Sevens Series champion South Africa is wary of other teams ahead of this weeks first round of the 2017-2018 Series.

Coach Neil Powell has named a powerful side with a mixture of power and speed with players such as Seabelo Senatla, Werner Kok, Kwagga Smith, Rasco Specman, Branco du Preez, Philip Snyman, Kyle Brown and others.

Powell said South Africa like every other team looks forward to a perfect start to its series campaign.

"I know I have experienced players but like I said it's really important for us to go into the field and do the job because we are an experienced squad," Powell said.

"You know its good to have the experience guys back and to get them back into their sevens habit and need to show that they can just walk into this game and play. So a good start to the series is always important for us and we hoping for a good start this weekend."

Powell also has high hopes in speed merchant Senatla to be at his ultimate best.

"Hopefully he will light up the pitch again this year, definitely one of our key players that has the ability to create opportunity but not only for himself but everyone else around him and he has been looking good so far in the last few days of training, happy to see him back and excited to see what he will be bringing when the tournament starts on Friday.

"We need to start all over again and get our mind focused for this tournament and it is very important for us in the first game against Uganda, so hopefully we can lay down a good foundation there for our start to the tournament," Powell said.

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