Rugby Gaining Ground In Nigeria -EXP Boss

Managing Director of EXP, sponsors of the Lagos 7s Rugby tournament, Tertius Strauss, says the inclusion of schools in this year’s event shows that the sport is fast growing in the country.
He said the young boys and girls have exhibited creditable talents, and assured that they will be back for the 2014 edition of the Sevens Festival.
He said some of the young players could represent Nigeria at the Olympics and even play in the Rugby World Cup within the next 10 years.
Meanwhile, Barewa Rugby Club of Kano emerged new champions of the Lagos 7s final held at Onikan Stadium in Lagos last weekend.
Barewa defeated two time champions, Nigerian Police team 10-5 in the final match.
It was a closely contested match which the warriors from the Kano had always had the better of the defending champions who went into the final without their main strike weapon, and last year’s top try scorer, Abdul Malik Salihu who had limped off in the semi-final after straining a calf muscle.
Coached by Martin Crawford, the Northerners had looked like the team to beat throughout the day with their slick passing game and running lines causing havoc among defenders. Nuhu Ibrahim captained the victorious Barewa Rugby Club.
Also, Racing Rugby team defeated Warri team 10-5 in the Junior Tackle, Ojoku lost the Torch Plate 0-5 to Toyiba in the school category, while Barewa spanked Toyiba 10-0 in the Bowl final.
Sabongeri also defeated the Rugby team from Ilorin 10-7, a toss of coin gave the Junior Tackle Plate title to Igbobi College, after playing a goalless draw in their match against Onitolo.
Tin Can Secondary School suffered a similar fate like Onitolo, when they lost the Girls Torch final to Falomo Secondary School through the toss of a coin. They also ended their match 0-0 at regulation time.


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