Grudge match

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IT’S shaping up to be a doozy.

This weekend the Wakatipu Prems rugby team will go head-to-head with their first round foe, Cromwell, at the Queenstown Rec Ground.

Waka – off the back of a 53-0 win in Alexandra at the weekend – will be looking to avenge their controversial draw in round one, where the White Horse Cup was on the line.

Despite an appeal over the score, which Waka believed should have been 31-30 in their favour, the draw (31-all) held and Cromwell kept the coveted cup.

Co-coach Brett Anderson says there are a few nerves in his camp ahead of the re-match this weekend, “but good nerves”.

“It’s going to be good to play some good, competitive footy again and I guess we’ve just got to be up for it.

“We’ve still got five or six guys out [injured] that have been out for the last two or three weeks, but hopefully we’ll get a couple of them back this weekend and look to have a full-strength squad.”

Of his side’s win on Saturday, Anderson says it took a minute for Waka to get into the swing of things after having a couple of disrupted weeks, but once they hit their stride they ran in nine tries, including three to Kapa Moeke in his blazer game.

The game was called off with about 17 minutes left on the clock when Alexandra first five-eighth Richard Kruger sustained what initially appeared to be a serious neck injury.

Anderson says the teams were given a choice of waiting half an hour for Kruger to be stretchered into an ambulance, or calling it.

“There was nothing else, really, to be gained out of the match, so we just called it a day.

“We haven’t had any word [on how he’s doing], but he could move his legs and they were hoping it wasn’t too bad,” Anderson says.

When asked if Waka will have the scoreboard in play on Saturday, Anderson jokes they may use two. “We might even get the old life member BC [Bryan Douglas] out of the rest home and get him to do the old one up on the road.”

Arrowtown, meanwhile, lost to Upper Clutha in Wanaka on Saturday, 49-12.

This weekend they’ll take on Clyde Earnscleugh at their ‘home’ ground, the Queenstown Events Centre.

Wakatipu Prems kick off at 3pm, this Saturday, while Arrowtown play at 2.30pm.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz