Man­iototo charge to se­cure semi­fi­nal spot

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

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.

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