Christian Ogar runs in two tries as Cowries power past Racing
The first half felt almost one-sided as Cowrie’s suffocation of the Racing in their 30-meter line for almost the entire half saw Captain Onoru Jatto cross over the line out wide but the touch judge flagged for forward pass from fullback Azeez Ladipo leading to the try.
It was tense start with Cowries dominating possession and territory but unable to break the deadlock. Racing defended with their heart and the game seemed locked in the stalemate. Two missed penalties from Cowrie kickers; Alfred Oche and Azeez Ladipo kept the score at 0-0 until just before halftime when in what must have been their first visit to the Cowrie half, Racing kicker slotted a long-range penalty to take the pink men in 3-0 up at halftime.
After a few changes including the arrival of Christian Ogar for Cowries, the reigning champions began to find their gears and the pace of Christian proved too much with him gliding over for 2 tries in the second
half. A couple of consolation penalties from racing and another try from Cowries at the end saw a close match end 17-9. With onlookers impressed by the tenacity and quality of Rugby on the show.
Eko II RFC vs KC Old Boys RFC
In the first match of the day Eko II, powered to a 25-7 victory under the tutelage of old dog Mike Archer – a long-standing friend of Nigerian Rugby. Showing their strength in the 7s game, Eko 2 overran newcomers; KC Old boys using their superior handling skills and fast wide backs. Although still with work to do in the set piece, Eko II showed that on their day they can be a match for any team when they play wide. KC Old boys as the newest club in the league made a game of it and can hold their heads up as they look forward to improving throughout the season.
Police Rfc vs Gosar Rfc
The final match of the day saw Police too strong for Gosar whose coach has clearly worked with them over the break. Nonetheless, Coach Michael’s regular training and the professionalism of the police team proved too much for Gosar.
A talented display from the girl’s rugby saw expansive hands and tough tackling. More to see from these women in future League matches.
LEAGUE TABLE STANDING
After these set of matches, in Division 1, Eco II RFC still top the table with 10 points, followed by Kings College Old Boys RFC with 4 points alongside Lagos RFC in the third position also with 4 points too but a lesser point difference. Dynamite RFC who initially had One point from the first league match, had the point deducted for not pitching up, thus they are presently in 4th position without a point on the Division 2 Lagos Rugby League table.
Meanwhile, after these second league matches, the Division 1 standings has drastically changed with the defending champions returning to the top of the table with 8 points, closely followed by a resurgent Police RFC with 6 points. Racing RFC is now in the third position with 4 points, while Gosar RFC is yet to record a point yet
NEXT LEAGUE MATCHES
The National Rugby Leagues will go on break until next month June 30th to enable our Muslim brothers and sisters to observe the Ramadan fasting period