Rivals downed to claim White Horse Cup
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
Tackle: Queenstown player Inoke Vi is taken down by the Arrowtown defence.
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.