All Blacks take to field
The Maniototo Maggots rugby team was unable to secure a win over Wakatipu on Saturday despite having the added advantage of two All Blacks. About 1500 people turned out for the match in Queenstown to watch All Black and Highlander forwards Tony Woodcock and Andrew Hore in the red and blue jerseys and see Wakatipu take the game 34-24. The loss meant Wakatipu held on to the White Horse Cup and remained in the No 1 spot in the competition. Maniototo premier coach Ryan Dowling said despite leading 17-3 at one stage, Wakatipu were able to win by capitalising on opportunities in the second half. "It was disappointing but it was a good game throughout,’’ Mr Dowling said. Wakatipu technical adviser Lindsay Thomas said the team was thrilled that former All Black Justin Marshall was able to make his season debut for Wakatipu during the game. Maniototo will play Matakanuicombined in this week’s round while Wakatipu are set to face Arrowtown.
Club advantage: All Black and Highlanders forwards Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock in red and blue jerseys for the Maniototo Maggots.