Barewa Rugby Club Battle Cowrie Rugby Club in the Nigerian Rugby Union League Final

Barewa Rugby Club of Kano defeated Cowrie Rugby Club of Lagos 8-7 in the 2016 final at The Old Parade Grounds in Abuja to win the Presidents’ Cup National title.

Both teams face off again this weekend, Saturday 15 December at 2 pm in a fixture that promises to be highly competitive, as expected of the National Rugby final match, at the Mainbowl of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

The match promises to be exciting and crunching as the two teams once again seek to establish dominance in the Nigerian Rugby Union League. 

Cowries Manager; Dele Coker has plenty of talents at his disposal, and as a result it is no surprise to see Cowries retain the Lagos League for the seventh year running.

Very few squads in the country can boast as much talent, and against both Racing and Police in the Lagos League, they displayed excellent composure and a fantastic clinical edge.

Barewa, like Cowrie, also know all about being clinical having won the Northern League four seasons in a row and National Championship last year. The Martin Crawford tutored team are in this case, the much younger side. 

No other clubs in Nigeria has more home-based players in the Black Stallions squad than these two teams, all players with realistic chances of maybe starting in any game for Nigeria, and Coach Bronson Weir will be hoping to tap into that ruthless streak so often seen from Cowries and Barewa in recent times. 

Barewa’s Northern Zone semi-final win over North Central champions Plateau Bulls of Jos was a masterclass in decoy runners and delayed passes producing an 81-0 scoreline to set up this final with Cowries who walked over South-South/South East champions; Rocket Bulls of Edo.