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