Cowrie RFC wins maiden NRFF Super Cup
Cowrie RFC of Lagos, at the weekend, defeated Kaduna RFC, to emerge winners of the inaugural Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Super Cup.
The championship organized to determine the champions of the NRFF league as well as a build up for the CMB building and investment company sponsored South West and Northern league, was keenly a contested game between the Lagos base side and oldest rugby team in Nigeria, Kaduna RFC.
In the tension soaked encounter, captain of Cowrie RFC, Azeez Ladipo missed an opportunity to take the lead in the first half, when he missed a penalty kick from an unlikely position.
The match could not provide a winner at the end of regulation time as the disciplined Kaduna RFC defense led by Onoru Jato contained all the attacks of their opponent.
After consultation with the match commissioner, Mohammed Salisu, Centre Referee, Adeniran Adeyinka decided that the game go into 30 minutes extra time.
First try of the day was finally scored early in the first half of extra time as Chidera Felix of Kaduna RFC gave his team a five points lead.
Cowrie hit back moments later through John Sylvanus with a well-worked try to restore hope.
Cowrie brought their experience to play, as they went ahead courtesy of a penalty kick in the second half through Ladipo, a result that was enough for the Lagos team to win the Super Cup title with a narrow 8-5 points.
Speaking after the match,Captain of Cowrie RFC, Ladipo, stated that the defeat of Kaduna RFC was based on their resilience and steadfastness to prove to other teams that Cowrie RFC are truly the national league champions.
It will be recalled that Barewa RFC, champions of the northern rugby league, could not contest for the Super Cup, as they where stripped of their title by the NRFF.
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