Arrowtown and Wakatipu win rugby thrillers


The Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby teams both had nail-biting wins in atrocious conditions last Saturday. 

Arrowtown beat Clyde-Earnscleugh 8-6 at Clyde, their captain and number eight Ben Chisholm scoring the match-winning try after his team trailed 6-3 in the second half. 

Winger Dan Eyles pulled off a try-saving tackle in the last play of the game. 

“We dominated most of the game but we just couldn’t put them away,” Arrowtown coach Hayden Finch says. 

“We did miss five shots at goal, that did affect us a bit.” 

Arrowtown are now second on the Central Otago points table to Wakatipu. 

Finch: “We did an initiation on Saturday and there were 18 guys initiated. 

“To have only lost one game [to Wakatipu] at this stage, and a game we probably should have won, the club’s very happy with how we’ve gone this year.” 

Unbeaten Wakatipu beat Upper Clutha in Queenstown 9-8 to retain the White Horse Cup. 

All the points were scored in the first half, Wakatipu’s points all coming from penalties by Tony Farley, Upper Clutha’s coming from a George Reed penalty and a try by prop Nick Thompson. 

Upper Clutha rued a missed penalty by Reed about 10 minutes from full-time. 

The match was Wakatipu’s third tight defence of the White Horse Cup in a row. 

In their previous cup defence, they only took the lead against Cromwell with six minutes to go, beating them 11-8.
And in their cup defence against Maniototo on April 27, they trailed 17-3 at half-time before overcoming them 34-24. 

Saturday’s game was special for loose forward Dan Iosefo, awarded a Wakatipu Rugby Club blazer to mark his 50th game for the Premiers. 

In a second game played in Queenstown on Saturday, Cromwell A beat the Wakatipu Wanderers 42-5.