Nigeria rugby fans were thrilled with spectacular display of brilliant side steps, bone crushing tackles and jaw breaking hits at the inaugural Racing 10s tournament held on Sunday at the British International School, Lekki, Lagos as Cowrie RFC took hosts Racing to the cleaners, handing them 17-nil points defeat.
Featured in the 10s competition were Cowrie RFC, Racing RFC, Lagos RFC, Police RFC, Eco II RFC and Gosar RFC which were divided into two groups of three teams.
After the group round robbin, Racing RFC and Police RFC qualified for the semi finals in Group A while Cowrie RFC and Eco II RFC qualified from Group B.
The first semi final saw Racing RFC battle ECO 11, the developmental side from Ajegunle, to a standstill defeating them by 17 points to nil.
The second semi final between Cowrie RFC and Police RFC left spectators on the edge of their seats as both teams matched themselves in ball possession but at the last minutes of the game, Cowrie RFC scored a try through Azeez Olanrewaju, former player for Police RFC, at the bottom of the upright to give captain fantastic Azeez Ladipo an easy conversion which left the game at 7 points to nil.
The highly anticipated final between the two Island rivals Racing RFC and Cowrie RFC went 17-0 in favour of the Western Nigeria league champions who are still stung by their dethronement by Northern leaders, Barewa RFC, as national league champions at the last Nigeria Rugby Super Cup.
Before the tournament proper, the school boys and girls took center stage to entertain spectators with a display of tag rugby by British International School, Caro Favoured College, Dorcas Memorial College, Ojokwu Junior High, Falomo Junior High and Eko Akete Junior High with in the British International School emerging winners after beating Ojoku Junior High in the final.
Speaking after the event, Azeez Ladipo, captain of Cowrie RFC, the inaugural Racing 10s champions, said winning the tournament was crucial to the club especially after their last defeat by Barewa RFC at the Super Cup.
“I am glad that we won this tournament despite our recent defeat at the Super Cup. If we had lost in this tournament it would have really dampened the morale of the club but we will use this trophy to console ourselves for the recent one we lost.”
Tournament Coordinator, Adebambo Remilekun thanked the sponsor and expressed pleasure and excitement on the execution of the inaugural event, promising to sustain it as a calendar competition even though his team lost in the final.
“I am very happy about the way the tournament turned out even though my team lost. I will like to thank our sponsor, Jason Height, Lagos State Rugby Association, Bogobiri House, British International School and all the club and players that participated in the event. Without them there wouldn’t have been Racing 10s.
“We are going to make this event an annual event and we promise to continue to raise the standard accordingly.”