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Kenya may have failed to reach the last four in the Main Cup the US leg of the IRB Sevens World Series, but yet another landmark was reached when Collins Injera crossed the try line for the 100th time Injera reached the milestone in pool play, recording his 100th career World Series try in the 25-10 loss to New Zealand. “To be the first guy from Kenya to hit the 100 mark is a milestone for Kenyan rugby and to do it against New Zealand was great,” he said. England and New Zealand remained on course to meet in a third straight final as they booked semi berths in Saturday’s opening day. The two teams arrived in Las Vegas, the fourth of eight stops in the global series, level atop the standings on 64 points. England advanced to the final four with a 28-14 victory over Kenya and were drawn to face South Africa, who reached their first semi-final of the season with a 19-14 victory over Australia, late on Sunday night. Fourth straight semi Humphrey Kayange had put Kenya up 7-0 in their first quarter-final since Hong Kong 2010, but two tries from both James Rodwell and Mat Turner helped England secure their place in a fourth straight semi. New Zealand hammered Argentina 47-7. Argentina scored first, but seven New Zealand tries — including two from Declan O’Donnell — saw New Zealand advance to face Fiji, 17-12 winners over reigning series champions and last year’s US winners Samoa. The quarter-finals followed the usual opening day pool play slate at Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ Rebels gridiron team. “It’s actually quite a breather to know that you’ve already got a quarter-final under your belt and you’ve either got one game or two (on Sunday),” New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens said. “We certainly want two and we’ll have to see how it goes.” New Zealand were unbeaten on the day, but Tietjens said there were enough miscues to make the day’s big finish especially satisfying.

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