Mag­gots make a meal of pre­mier com­pe­ti­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

There is only one chal­lenge left this sea­son for the Man­iototo Mag­gots rugby team.

The team were able to back up their Cen­tral Otago pre­mier rugby com­pe­ti­tion ti­tle, crush­ing the Ar­row­town Bulls 27-8 dur­ing the fi­nal at Cromwell on Satur­day, won the White Horse Cup and hooker Charles Crutch­ley was named Cen­tral Otago player of the year.

The fi­nal chal­lenge would be to take on Lawrence in the Otago Coun­try Fi­nal on Satur­day in Lawrence.

The Mag­gots have won the Cen­tral Otago com­pe­ti­tion four times in the past five years.

Mag­gots first-five Char­lie Hore said a good de­fen­sive game played in their favour and meant Ar­row­town had strug­gled to score, with the half­time score 10-3. ‘‘It was a good team ef­fort.’’ The high­light of the sea­son was lift­ing the White Horse Cup from Ar­row­town, Hore said.

Ar­row­town club pres­i­dent Si­mon Spark said the team lost only twice in the com­pe­ti­tion, both times to Man­iototo, but had man­aged to beat them in the first round.

This sea­son’s fo­cus was on ‘‘re­build­ing’’ af­ter the team got a new coach.

‘‘They gave 100 per cent. We are proud of them,’’ he said.

A mo­ment’s si­lence be­fore the game was held in re­spect of Mark Nay­lor, who died in St Bathans last week.

Photo: JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/FAIR­FAX NZ

En­joy­ing the spoils: The Man­iototo Mag­gots cel­e­brate win­ning the Cen­tral Otago pre­mier rugby fi­nals against the Ar­row­town Bulls at the week­end.

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