Rugby rumble as Cowrie, Barewa jam in Super Cup

Abuja sports enthusiasts and rugby fans will on Saturday, March 4, witness the biggest game of biggest rumble of rugby in the country as defending champions Cowrie Rugby Club of Lagos and Northern champions Barewa Rugby Club of Kano lock horns in the National Rugby Super Cup.

The event holding at the Old Parade Ground, Garki Area 10 (Opposite International Conference Centre) Abuja is an annual competition between the league winners from the North and South West of Nigeria is to determine the overall National Rugby champion.

CMB Building and Investment Company sponsored Super Cup is a flag off of the new rugby season and curtain raiser for the commencement of the 2017 South West and Northern rugby leagues.

Despite dominating their regional leagues, Cowrie and Barewa have not met in recent times and situation that leaves both teams at mutual fear.

“It is the first time we’ll be playing against Barewa in 15s”, says Cowrie captain, Azeez Ladipo.

“We’ve met only twice at the Independence 7s and edged them on both occasions, but that’s mere 7s which we are quite good at. Saturday’s match is a huge challenge and I think the boys are really up for this one.”

The excitement is not limited to the reputations of the combatants, as both teams will adopt a style of play that appears to be the anti-thesis of each other.

Barewa with their hard head driving forward play, unleashing their exciting back line led by skipper Nuhu Ibrahim will cut through the most stubborn defenses.

Cowrie will be resolute and uncompromising with more than their fair share of physical intimidation, not forgetting they have the most fluid and compact back line in the country at the moment with flying winger Christain Ogar and ThankGod Okafor both back from their base in South Africa where they play with Belhar RFC and Sharks Academy respectively.

The National Rugby Super Cup will be the culmination of the hard work and determination of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) with the continuous stalwart and unflinching sponsorship by CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Company Ltd and the NRFF President, Sir Edward Pam Fom, has continued to express his gratitude in the relationship.

“Appreciation goes to the Managing Director of CMB, Kelechukwu Mbagwu, also a co-founder of Cowrie Rugby Club, for making this happen once again.”

Sir Fom called on sports enthusiasts and families in Abuja and environs to take advantage of the fixture to enjoy a great weekend watching the best of rugby in the country.

“We brought this match to Abuja to afford Abuja Rugby fans the opportunity of witnessing Nigerian Rugby at its best. I hereby enjoin all Abuja Rugby fans to come out en masse and support Nigeria Rugby. ”


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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