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Injera risks losing IRB’s ‘ultimate try scoring machine’ tag

Collins Injera’s place at the helm of the IRB World Sevens Series top scorers’ chart is under serious threat from Englishman Dan Norton.

By the last count on Sunday morning, Norton had amassed 241 tries, two shy of Injera’s record haul.

Both players are still actively involved in the game at the moment, although Norton has been outscoring Injera at the ratio of 2:1 in the ongoing series.

Norton added another try during England’s 28-14 win over Kenya at the Vancouver Sevens in Canada on Saturday night, in a game Injera failed to increase his tally.

Interestingly, the two players shook hands and congratulated each other after this game, a move that caught the match commentator’s attention.

TRY SCORING CONTEST

At just 28 years, the Englishman also has age on his side if this try scoring contest with Injera, 30, continues.

Injera has been IRB World Sevens Series top scorer since May 2016, when he touched down for his 231st try during Shujaa’s game against France at the London Sevens to surpass Argentine’s Santiago Gomez Cora’s haul of 230 tries.

Cora’s record had stood since 2009 when he scored as Argentina edged out England 19-14 to lift USA Sevens in San Diego.

Injera said at the time: “It’s a great feeling and a milestone since I started playing rugby.”

Another Englishman Ben Gollings, South African Seabelo Senatla, Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand), Fabian Juries (South Africa),  Samoan Mikaele Pesamin, Injera’s elder brother, Humphrey Khayange and Andrew Turnbull of Scotland are the other players in the top 10 list of try scorers.