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Injera reaches milestone as Kenya drops to Bowl

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Collins Injera autographs the ball he grounded for his 200th World Series try. PHOTO/File

Collins Injera autographs the ball he grounded for his 200th World Series try. PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, March 13 – Kenya’s vice-captain Collins Injera grounded his historic 221st career try to move second in the all-time leading try scorer list as fighting Shujaa fell 24-19 in their last Pool A match against Fiji to drop to the Bowl competition at the inaugural Vancouver 7s in Canada.

Injera displaced Englishman Ben Gollins, who has 220 tries, and is now nine short of record holder and World Rugby sevens columnist, Santiago Gomez Cora of Argentina.

Kenya, who are playing in the Bowl for the second time this season, will take on France at 8:40pm local time as they seek to collect the available eight points that will see them amass 60 points after Las Vegas and Vancouver tour.

The Benjamin Ayimba charges needed to beat series leaders Fiji to advance to the Main Cup quarter-finals after narrowly losing 19-26 to Samoa in the second match.

Fiji once again proved to be too strong against Kenya with Jasa Veremalua opening the score before Emosi Mulevoro sprinting away for the second try.

However, a late flourish sees Kenya draw level as first Injera raced away for his milestone 221st try to move ahead of Ben Gollings into second on the all-time list before Oscar Ouma powered over with time up as both sides shared 12-12 at the interval.

Veremalua grabbed a second on resumption to move top of the Vancouver scoring charts with five, but Kenya were not yet done as Samuel Oliech raced through a gap to tie the scores and his second career try.

Fly-half Biko Adema held his nerve with the conversion to give Kenya the lead, but with 10 seconds to go Fiji stole it with Kitione Taliga’s try to ensure they beat Shujaa twice this season.

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