White Horse Cup still with Ar­row­town

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‘‘We were sec­ond.’’

Ar­row­town en­sured the White Horse Cup stayed locked in its tro­phy cabi­net for an­other three weeks with a win over Cromwell at the week­end.

The hold­ers came from be­hind to beat last year’s cham­pion 23-20 in the fi­nal min­utes at the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Ar­row­town coach Si­mon Spark said his play­ers were happy to get away with the win af­ter play­ing well in ‘‘patches’’.

‘‘We’re still try­ing to find a bit more con­sis­tency across the pad­dock,’’ Spark said.

‘‘Cromwell played quite a sim­ple, ef­fec­tive game. They var­ied their at­tack quite well.’’

Con­trast­ing styles of game made it tough for his side to get into any rhythm, he said.

Spark sin­gled out half­back Josh Bra­zier who ‘‘stepped up’’ when asked to and loosie Ai­dan Win­ter as stand­out play­ers in the win.

‘‘Win­ter was pretty huge for us. He hit the ball up all day. It’s not of­ten he’s stopped be­hind the ad­van­tage line.’’

Cromwell coach Paul Tait was bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.

‘‘We were sec­ond. We lost it re­ally.’’

Young first five-eighth Ethan Mol­loy con­trolled the game well and hooker Cory Win­stan­ley had a big game, Tait said.

‘‘Parts of the game we were good,’’ he said.

Ar­row­town took the White Horse Cup off hold­ers Man­iototo in the first game of the sea­son in Ran­furly be­fore de­fend­ing it a week later against Up­per Clutha.

Af­ter the 30-29 win, Spark said the hard­est part was not winning the cup, but de­fend­ing it.

Ar­row­town hasn’t held Cen­tral Otago rugby’s most sought af­ter prize since 2012 when it lost it to Man­iototo af­ter a three-year stint as holder.

The cup is up for grabs at each of the holder’s home matches through­out the reg­u­lar sea­son. The team with the cup at the end of the sea­son has its named en­graved.

Ar­row­town’s next cup de­fence is against Wakatipu in Frank­ton in three weeks time fol­low­ing Satur­day’s match against Alexandra in Alexandra and a break for duck-shoot­ing week­end.

In other re­sults, Wakatipu beat Clyde 58-31, Up­per Clutha beat Matakanui Com­bined 42-5 and Man­iototo beat Alexandra 48-21.

This week­end Cromwell is at home to Man­iototo, Wakatipu plays Up­per Clutha in Queen­stown and Matakanui Com­bined hosts Clyde Earn­scle­ugh in Omakau.

Read more at Stuff.co.nz.

AMY WILSON-WHITE

Ar­row­town’s Ai­dan Win­ter car­ries the ball in his side’s 23-20 White Horse Cup win.

Cromwell coach Paul Tait

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