Edo State RFC Emerges Victorious in the Inaugural National Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament
Edo State RFC showcased their exceptional skills and determination as they emerged victorious in the nail-biting final match of the first National Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament. The tournament, hosted by the Delta State Government in Asaba, witnessed Edo State RFC defeat Gosar Rugby Club of Lagos with an impressive scoreline of 17 – 0. Despite heavy downpours in the first half, Edo State RFC displayed their resilience and dominance on the field.
The match started with a bang as Edo RFC’s center, Becky Okitikpi, scored the opening try in the second minute. Okitikpi’s try came as a result of an offload from playmaker Augusta Mene. Although the conversion was missed by Augusta, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Edo RFC players. Throughout the first half, the ladies from Benin City showcased their exceptional skills and controlled the game, leading with a score of 5-0 despite the extremely wet conditions.
The second half kicked off with Edo RFC maintaining their momentum. Their prop, Precious Ukwuoma, capitalized on a loose ball and powered through the Gosar defense to score their second try. Despite several comeback attempts from Gosar’s winger, Godfirst Samson, and playmaker Rukayat Salami, Edo RFC’s well-coordinated defense line prevented any breakthroughs. Augusta, the playmaker for Edo RFC, controlled the pace of the game, ensuring their victory.
In the closing moments of the match, winger Chinaza Abbah broke through the Gosar defense line and scored the third and final try, securing the victory for Edo RFC. This time, Augusta successfully converted the try, ending the match with a score of 17-0. Edo RFC showcased their exceptional teamwork and held on to possession, ensuring their well-deserved victory.
During the tournament, Becky Okitikpi of Edo RFC emerged as the highest try scorer with an impressive tally of 9 tries. The Most Valuable Player award went to Godfirst Samson of Gosar, who showcased remarkable skills throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 7 tries.
The tournament was made possible through the sponsorship of the Delta State Government and received support from Buga Win Sports betting company, United Planet Media, SYDA, and Africa Sports Connect. It was a remarkable showcase of the growth and talent in women’s rugby in Nigeria.
In the Cup Quarter Finals, Edo RFC defeated Benue Buffalos with a scoreline of 27-0, while Delta A secured a 7-0 victory over Anambra Angles. Delta B dominated the Eastern Springbok with a final score of 24-0, and Gosar secured a 17-0 victory over Imo Pyramids.
In the 9th Place Semi Finals, Eco II defeated Abia with a scoreline of 15-0, while Nig Police fell short against Eco II with a final score of 10-0.
The 7th Place Final witnessed Benue Buffalo defeating Eastern Springbok with a score of 5-0, while Imo Pyramids secured a 10-0 victory over Anambra Angles in the 5th Place Final.
In the Semi Finals, Edo RFC dominated Delta RFC (A) with a scoreline of 24-0, while Gosar RFC secured a narrow victory over Delta RFC (B) with a final score of 15-10.
The 3rd Place Match witnessed a victory for Delta (A) with a scoreline of 15-5 against Delta (B).
Finally, in the thrilling Final, Edo RFC emerged as the champions with a remarkable scoreline of 17-0 against Gosar RFC.
The first National Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament was a resounding success, leaving both players and spectators eagerly anticipating future tournaments. Edo State RFC’s victory is a testament to their hard work, skill, and dedication to the sport.