White Horse Cup is Cromwell’s cup

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

It’s been 10 long years, but Cromwell fi­nally has its name etched into the White Horse Cup after a 20-5 win over Up­per Clutha in Cen­tral Otago premier rugby.

It’s just the third time Cromwell has had its name on the cup. The first was in 1933 and then again in 2007.

Some­times re­ferred to as the Ran­furly Shield of Cen­tral Otago rugby, and played for since 1926, a team hold­ing the White Horse Cup puts in on the line in all home games in round-robin matches. The holder at the end of the round-robin has their name en­graved on it.

Satur­day’s win also meant the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons se­cured the fourth semi-fi­nal spot, which would have gone to Up­per Clutha as well as the cup, had they won.

Cromwell coach Paul Tait said the win was ‘‘bloody good’’ but paid trib­ute to Up­per Clutha who ‘‘threw ev­ery­thing at it’’.

The Wanaka-based side ‘‘spanked us’’ when they met ear­lier in the sea­son and his team were wary of that, he said. ‘‘I was not sort of com­fort­able un­til that [fi­nal] whis­tle went re­ally.’’

Prop Seru Asiv­o­rosi was the man-of-the-match for the sec­ond straight week, and flanker Quin­ten Dynes had a strong game, Tait said.

Mid-sea­son it looked like Cromwell might miss out on a semi-fi­nal spot, so Tait was pleased with how the side dug in.

Up­per Clutha coach Paul Glynn said it was a ‘‘dis­ap­point­ing re­sult’’ and he ‘‘felt for the boys’’.

‘‘We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties to score tries. Big games come down to one or two mo­ments and there was cer­tainly a cou­ple of mo­ments in that game.’’

The sea­son had been good for the club, de­spite miss­ing out on the top four, Glynn said. ‘‘We still made some good in-roads as a team and as a club this year.’’

Other re­sults over the week­end saw Ar­row­town beat Wakatipu 25-18 in the ‘‘Bat­tle of the Basin’’, while Alexan­dra sur­prised Cly­deEarn­scle­ugh with a 13-12 win. Man­iototo beat Matakanui Com­bined 40-7, with the match be­ing moved from Omakau to Alexan­dra due to a se­vere frost.

Fi­nal round-robin games this Satur­day fea­ture Man­iototo play­ing Wakatipu in Queen­stown, while Matakanui Com­bined also ven­tures to the Wakatipu to play Ar­row­town. Up­per Clutha plays Alexan­dra in Wanaka and Cromwell is away to Cly­deEarn­scle­ugh.

KATE MAXWELL

Cromwell and Up­per Clutha pack a scrum dur­ing a White Horse Cup en­counter in Cromwell on Satur­day.

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