Wakatipu claim sought-af­ter Cen­tral rugby ti­tle


The Wakatipu Premier rugby side are the toast of Queen­stown af­ter win­ning the Cen­tral Otago com­pe­ti­tion.

Wakatipu beat cross-town ri­val Ar­row­town 13-10 in a thriller at the Queen­stown Recre­ation Ground on Satur­day.

It’s the first time since 2011 the side has won the com­pe­ti­tion.

Coach Justin Pe­whairangi was ‘‘just proud of the boys’’ and put the win down in part to a ‘‘mas­sive’’ change in cul­ture at the club.

‘‘We sat down at the start of the year and out­lined a few things we needed to change,’’ Pe­whairangi said.

‘‘We had a plan from the start of the year and we ex­e­cuted.’’

The vis­i­tors got out to a 10-3 lead early in the sec­ond half thanks to tries to hooker Ben Carr and sec­ond five-eighth Izzy Nay­aloga be­fore Wakatipu ral­lied through a try to mid­fielder Tom Kelly and the boot of full­back Chris Young.

‘‘We did what we wanted to do dur­ing the game [and] yes­ter­day [Satur­day] was just enor­mous for the sup­port we had there.’’

Ar­row­town coach Si­mon Spark said his side were ‘‘very dis­ap­pointed’’ with the re­sult.

‘‘It came down to a goal kick at the end of the day and that was all that was in it.’’

Wakatipu will host South­ern Re­gion win­ner Clutha in Queen­stown this week­end in the Otago Coun­try­wide fi­nal.

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