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Kenya 7s seasonal top scorers of the decade


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Since 2009/10 season, Kenya 7s have scored 1252 tries in the World 7s Series and the best finish was in 2012/13 where they ended the season at position five under Mike Friday.

2009/10

In the 2009/10 season, Humphrey Kayange ended the season with 33 tries for Kenya and only Samoan Mikaele Pesamino scored more tries than the talisman in the campaign. Pesamino had 56 tries in the season to be the top scorer of the season.

Kayange’s brother Collins Injera who won the top try scorer gong with 42 tries in the 2008/09 season dropped by 10 to finish second on Kenya’s list. Innocent Simuyu had 17 tries that season.  Lavin Asego was the top points scorer with nine tries and 64 conversions. Kenya finished the campaign at position eight.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2010 Courtesy/World Rugby

2010/11 

31 tries in the 2010/11 saw Kayange end the season as Kenya 7s top try-scorer for the second season in a row. This time round he was fourth on the overall top scorer’s list, behind South Africa’s Cecil Afrika who had 40, New Zealand’s  Frank Halai 35 and Dan Norton 32.  Injera once again came second on Kenya 7s top scorer’s list scoring 29 times.  Kayange was also the top points scorer with 157 points. Biko Adema and Asego drilled in 32 conversions. Kenya ended the season at position nine.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2011 Courtesy/World Rugby

2011/12

For the first time since 2007, there was no Kenyan in the top 15 on the top try-scorers’ list.  Willy Ambaka was Kenya’s top try scorer with 16 tries with Injera finishing second after crossing the whitewash 15 times that season.  Kayange, Oscar Ouma and Sydney Ashioya were in the top five on Kenya’s scoring charts.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2012 Courtesy/World Rugby

2012/13

As Kenya went on to register the best finish ever in the World 7s Series (fifth-place finish), Ambaka was the top try scorer. He dotted 24 times to finish as Kenya’s top scorer. On the overall World 7s Series list, he was 12th.

Oscar Ouma landed 22 times forcing Injera to miss Kenya 7s top two list for the first time since 2008.  Injera had 20 tries while Andrew Amonde and Dennis Ombachi tied at 11 each.  Biko Adema belted in 47 conversions while Asego got 12 meaning Ambaka also ended the season as the top points scorer.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2013 Courtesy/World Rugby

2013/14

In 2014, Injera achieved the feat he last managed in 2009 as Kenya finished seventh.  The Mwamba RFC man raced on for 30 tries and he was fourth on the overall list in the series. The utility back had 14 more tries than what second-placed Billy Odhiambo got that season.

Oscar Ayodi had 13 tries while Kayange and Horace Owiti tied at nine each. Injera was also the top points scorer after stringing in eight conversions for a total of  166 points. Adema scored 52 conversions and added on his four tries for a total 124 points for Shujaa.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2014 Courtesy/World Rugby

2014/15

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Odhiambo commonly known as Billy the Kid became the first player besides Injera, Kayange and  Ambaka to be Kenya’s top scorer in 2014/15. Odhiambo scored 20 tries for 100 points to top both the try and points scorers charts for Kenya. Injera had 14 tries as Sikuta landed 12 tries. Homeboyz duo Bush Mwale and Leonard Mugaisi tied at 11 tries each.

Asego topped the conversions charts for the first time since 2012 bagging 27 conversions. In that season Kenya were 13th.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2015 Courtesy/World Rugby

2015/16 

In 2016 Injera was back on the top of the Kenya 7s try scorer’s charts as helped Kenya to another seventh-place finish. This was the fourth time he was finished as Kenya’s top try-scorer in history. No any other Kenyan player has achieved that. He crossed over for 32 tries and also topped the points scorer’s list with 172 after scoring three conversions in the season.  Adema had 55 conversions that season.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2016 Courtesy/World Rugby

2016/17

Despite the 2017 struggles that saw Kenya finish 12th, Odhiambo returned to be the top scorer with 22 points. This season he was 17th on the try scorer’s overall list. Ambaka was second with 19 while Nelson Oyoo was third. In that season Odhiambo and Sammy Oliech tied at 110  points on the top points scorer’s list for Kenya.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2017 Courtesy/World Rugby

2017/18

2017/18 is a season Ambaka will live to remember. He was Kenya 7s top performer and capped it off with 31 tries to rank ninth overall that season. Injera rose back to second after 27 tries, this was 18 more tries than what he had achieved in 2017.

Ambaka’s tries totalled to 155 points for Kenya making him also top points scorer of the season.  In this season, Kenya finished eighth and had appeared in two straight finals. They also achieved the highest tally of points ever (101) in a single season.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2018 Courtesy/World Rugby

2018/19

Last season a new name joined the top try scorers list and this was newbie Vincent Onyala who landed 22 tries. Mwale scored 16 tries while Daniel Taabu, Jeff Oluoch and Johnstone Olindi were in the top five. 41 conversions saw Taabu finish as the top points scorer with 157 having also landed 15 tries that season.

Top 10 Kenya 7s Try Scorers in 2019 Courtesy/World Rugby
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