Rugby team has to pull out

Not enough play­ers to con­test this sea­son

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

A ‘‘gut­ted’’ Cen­tral Otago pre­mier rugby team is vow­ing to come back strong next year af­ter it was forced to pull out of the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

Clyde-Earn­scle­ugh Rugby Club spokesman Tim Cado­gen said the pre­mier team was short of front row for­wards so had no choice but to with­draw last-minute from the Cen­tral Otago club com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We al­most had it but then there was an in­jury and an­other guy could only get a cer­tain amount of time off work . . . while we were re­ally close up to the end, when it came to crunch-time we didn’t have the play­ers.’’

The com­mit­tee called ameet­ing with its play­ers last Tues­day and told them of the de­ci­sion to pull out of the com­pe­ti­tion, he said.

‘‘It is ab­so­lutely gut­ting. Cly­deEarn­scle­ugh has al­ways had a pas­sion­ate and large group of sup­port­ers. The com­mu­nity will lose a fo­cal point this win­ter.’’

The team was un­der­stand­ably dis­ap­pointed, he said.

‘‘They wanted to des­per­ately play . . . but we will be back so much stronger next year. We have got a longer prepa­ra­tion time . . . and the nasty medicine of not be­ing able to have a team this year will hope­fully drive peo­ple to do some­thing and get play­ers in.’’

He was not sure whether the short­age of play­ers was symp­to­matic of coun­try rugby clubs strug­gling to at­tract play­ers, how­ever he noted Otago Coun­try cham­pion Lawrence did not have a team in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient num­bers.

De­ci­sive: The club rugby sea­son has kicked off with Man­iototo de­feat­ing Alexan­dra 32-0 in their first de­fence of the White Horse Cup. Tries to LOls­son, NLove, QSmith 2, MLake and C Hore. JWilde man­aged 1 con­ver­sion.

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