Ar­row­town par­ties

Ri­vals downed to claim White Horse Cup

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

The sat­is­fac­tion of beat­ing their clos­est ri­vals and claim­ing the White Horse Cup was cause for a weekend of cel­e­bra­tions for the Ar­row­town Rugby team on the weekend.

The team also won the Bat­tle of the Basin with their 30-20 vic­tory over Wakatipu at the Queen­stown Rec Ground on Satur­day.

Ar­row­town coach Hay­den Finch said it was al­ways good to beat Wakatipu.

‘‘When there’s a cou­ple of cups on the line it’s a bit sweeter.’’

How­ever, it wasn’t an easy win.

‘‘We had a re­ally good first half and scored re­ally good tries but come the sec­ond half, we pretty much de­fended the whole 40 min­utes. The boys held them out to the end when they scored their only try.’’

Man of the match was sec­ond five-eighth Izzy Nay­aloga.

The team spent most of the weekend cel­e­brat­ing their win and now sat at the top of the Cen­tral Otago Pre­mier ta­ble only a few points ahead the other un­beaten team, and last year’s win­ners, Man­iototo.

‘‘We’ve had a few easy games leading into this so the points ta­ble doesn’t mean much yet,’’ Finch said.

The two teams would met on June 7 but be­fore then Ar­row­town would face its first chal­lenge for the White Horse Cup with Cromwell play­ing in Ar­row­town on May 17.

‘‘Hold­ing the cup makes it more ex­cit­ing but def­i­nitely makes the sea­son a lot harder.

In Wanaka a large crowd turned out in the crisp con­di­tions on Thurs­day night to watch the Up­per Clutha A rugby team take on Cly­deEarn­scle­ugh.

Clyde-Earn­scle­ugh won the match by the small­est of mar­gins, 19-18, and through­out the game it was a nail-bit­ing match with the first half scores al­most locked up at 10-11 to Clyde-Earn­scle­ugh. ◗ Other weekend scores: Cromwell A beat Alexan­dra 33-7; Roxburgh beat Wakatipu Wan­der­ers 24-10; Man­iototo beat Matakanui Com­bined 85-0

Photo: JAMES AL­LAN

Tackle: Queen­stown player Inoke Vi is taken down by the Ar­row­town de­fence.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Push it: Up­per Clutha A half­back Mark Brod­er­ick pre­pares to launch the ball into a scrum dur­ing amatch against Clyde-Earn­scle­ugh in Wanaka on Thurs­day.

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