Maniototo charge to secure semifinal spot
The Maniototo Maggots will face Clyde-Earnscleugh in the first semifinal of the Central Otago premier rugby competition on the weekend, following an upset win over Arrowtown.
The defending champions have had a consistent season but until the weekend had failed to break Arrowtown’s unbroken 15-match winning streak, which saw the side pick up the coveted White Horse Cup earlier in the season.
However, a 22-13 Maniototo win at Jack Reid Park on Saturday has changed that - with the White Horse Cup carried home by the Maniototo side.
‘‘That’s huge for us,’’ player-coach Andrew Hore said, ‘‘and lucky - we get our names on it as it’s the last challenge for the season. The boys are pretty excited about. It was a good trip home.’’
The side were also excited to have secured the home semifinal although captain Logan Dowling was likely to be on the sideline with a calf injury and Hore himself was out of play with a broken hand secured playing rugby about three weeks ago.
However, the remainder of the team were raring to go, including last week’s players of the match second five-eighths Mitchell Lake and No 8 Warren Kearney.
Arrowtown will face Wakatipu in the other semifinal at home after Wakatipu established themselves in third place in the competition with a 36-14 win over Clyde-Earnscleugh on the weekend.
Galloping: Maniototo’s Warren Kearney runs from Arrowtown’s Malcolm Sutherland during a game which broke Arrowtown’s winning streak and secured the White Horse Cup for an excited Maniototo.