Injera is nine tries short of Cora's 230

By the punter
Mar 13, 2021
  • Collins Injera overtook Ben Gollings and is now the second top all-time try scorer in the World Rugby World Sevens Series. He has scored 221 tries.

Collins Injera, the Kenya vice captain and utility back at Mwamba RFC is only nine tries away from overtaking Argentina coach Santiago Gomez Cora as the all-time top try scorer in the World Rugby World Sevens World Series.

The playmaker surpassed England's Ben Gollings (220) on the first day of the Vancouver Sevens at the BC Stadium where the shorter version of the game is making the first stop in an indoor stadium. Injera has now scored 221 tries and it is just a matter of time before he closes the gap on Cora.

He was graceful when interviewed by World rugby. "It shows how far we have come as a team," said Injera.

Injera's monumental feat was dampened by Kenya's drop to the third tier Bowl competition after narrow losses to Samoa and Fiji in a tough Pool A. But, like the fighter he alway

Other teams which dropped to the Bowl are France, Argentina, England and hosts Canada. On Sunday, kenya will begin the day with a match against a tricky France in the Bowl quarter final.

The opening day saw Fiji post one of the biggest wins by beating Portugal 62-0. Hosts Canada shocked Australia 14-12 while red-hot South Africa conceded only seven points on their way to topping Pool C. New Zealand edged out England 7-0 while Scotland and Wales made it to their first cup quarter final this season.

Kenya 17 Samoa 26

Samoa which has been reduced to only 10 players for the Vancouver Sevens fought like trojans to qualify for the main cup quarter finals . One of their players is injured and another Tila Mealoi was bereaved.

In this tie, Kenya drew the first blood when William Ambaka plucked the ball from the air after the kick off, momentarilyy lost it but a counter ruck saw them regain possession from which Billy Odhiambo raced to score. Biko Adema converted for a 7-0 lead.

On the restart, Samoa came back forcefully and as fate would have it, Odhiambo was beaten by Samoa's Aamanda Motua to the line narrowing the scores to 7-5 in Kenya's favor.

Kenya breathed a sigh of relief when Belgian Tuatagaloa spotted an empty space behind the Kenyan defense, chipped over but Andrew Amonde, the Kenya captain tracked back to foil the offensive.

But, there was no stopping Phoenix-Tavita Hunapo who broke through feeble tackles to score under the posts as the lead changed hands 12-7 in Samoa's favor at half time.

In the second half, the restart by Samoa was short and came the moment of glory when Injera dotted the ball on the Samoa try line to level 12-12 and equal Ben Gollings' 220 all-time try scorer record. He barely showed any emotions.

Alefosio Tapili broke the deadlock with a try converted by Toloi Samoa. Hunapo scored the last try for Samoa and Oscar Ouma crossed the line after the hooter for Kenya. Adema converted.

Kenya 19 Fiji 24

Jasa Veremalua scored the first try in the first minute and Kitione Taliga converted for a 7-0 lead. Ben Ryan, the Fiji coach then brought on the captain Osea Kolonisau in the second minute and two minutes later Emosi Mulevoro score the second try for Fiji. Taliga missed the conversion.

Collins Injera replied for Kenya in the sixth minute. Adema missed the conversion as Fiji led 12-5. Oscar Ouma narrowed the gap powering over the line in the ninth minute. Adema converted to level the scores 12-12 at half time.

In the second half, Ryan brought on Masivesi Dakuwaqa and Mocenacagi. Veremalua scored his second try in the 10th minute to break the deadlock. Kolonisau missed the conversion. In the 11th minute, Benjamin Ayimba brought on Humphrey Kayange and Ryan introduced Seremaia Tuwai.

Sam Oliech scored only his second try in the series in the 13t minute and Adema converted as Kenya re-took the lead 19-17. But it was heartbreak for Kenya when Taliga scored a try after the hooter and Kolonisau converted for the final 24-19 score.

Day one results

Pool A: Fiji, Kenya, Samoa, Portugal - Fiji 38 Samoa 5, Kenya 43 Portugal 5, Fiji 62 Portugal 0, Kenya 19 Samoa 26, Samoa 43 Portugal 7, Fiji 24 Kenya 19; Pool B: Australia, Wales, Russia, Canada - Australia 43 Russia 5, Wales 26 Canada 19, Wales 52 Russia 0, Australia 12 Canada 14, Australia 49 Wales 14, Russia 12 Canada 29; Pool C: South Africa, Argentina, Scotland, Brazil - South Africa 43 Scotland 0, Argentina 35 Brazil 5, South Africa 26 Brazil 7, Argentina 7 Scotland 19, Scotland 33 Brazil 0, South Africa 27 Argentina ; Pool D: USA, New Zealand, France, England - USA 42 France 14, New Zealand 7 England 0, USA 17 England 12, New Zealand 24 France 10, France 12 England 14, USA 5 New Zealand 17.

Bowl quarter finals: Kenya v France, Argentina v Russia, England v Portugal, Canada v Brazil.

Cup quarter finals: Fiji v USA, South Africa v Wales, New Zealand v Samoa, Australia v Scotland