The stage was set Saturday 4th of February at the old parade ground in Abuja where fans trooped in to witness the long anticipated super cup clash between 2016 southern league champions and the northern league champions as both teams arrived Abuja on Friday 3rd in preparation for the game.
The game started at 5:10pm with Cowrie RFC kicking off to Barewa RFC and they demonstrated determination and quick defense leaving the boys from Lagos stranded of offensive ideas. 5 minutes into the game, Barewa RFC scored a try from the wing through their fast winger Hassan Mohammed but missed the conversion to maintain a 5 point lead, before the closure of the first half, a try score by Christian Ogar of Cowrie RFC was disallowed by the referee after the touch judge signaled that his leg when out of touch.
The second half saw both team adopt a careful approach, but it did not take long for the martin Crawford nurtured team to increase the lead by 3 points with a drop goal by Joshua Effiong at the 51st Minute, at this point, Coach Joseph Ofoha of Cowrie made two crucial substitutions that changed the tempo of the game, Azeez Olanrewaju replaced Henry Ani as second row while Sanni Halilu replaced Olawale Dipo as scrum half.
The tempo of the game led to referee Mohamed Salisu reaching out to his pocket to issue a yellow card to Shalom Mathew and Isaac Sani Cato at the 65th Minute for unsportsmanlike conduct. From a quick line out throw, Barewa scored a disallowed try from a forward pass that was spotted by the touch judge, as they struggled with the tempo of the game, John Oladele scored a late try for Cowrie which was well converted by captain Azeez ladipo, the defending champions pursued a comeback but the hooter denied them which lead to an 8-7 win for the Kano boys.
The result was shocking to spectators but was well deserved as Barewa RFC showed class and determination to win.
Speaking with the President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation Sir Edward Fom Pam at the event, he expressed his delight on the present standard of rugby in Nigeria, “I am really satisfied with what I saw here today especially the standard of play by both teams. This game will surely contribute to our selection process for the oncoming Africa Bronze Cup (1C) scheduled to take place in Cameron in May 2017”