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.