Arrowtown repulsed a spirited White Horse Cup challenge from the Wakatipu Premiers rugby team yesterday (Saturday).
In fine conditions in front of a large crowd at Arrowtown’s Jack Reid Park, the home side triumphed 13-8 after leading 7-3 at halftime.
Arrowtown, now unbeaten after 15 games this season, had taken the cup off Wakatipu in early May.
The winning of the game possibly came in the first half when Wakatipu, by conceding penalties and spilling the ball, and through tigerish Arrowtown defence, couldn’t convert their overwhelming territorial advantage into points.
Wakatipu could slot only a dropped goal after an early converted try by blockbusting Arrowtown captain Ben Chisholm.
Wakatipu’s no.8 Pita Wilson scored out wide early in the second half to put his team ahead for the only time in the game, 8-7 – the try was unconverted.
Arrowtown, playing with more fire, and continuing to tackle ferociously, drew ahead then closed out the game with two penalties by Kane Dodds.
Arrowtown’s forwards, especially, dominated the game and twice had their opponents back-pedalling with rolling mauls.
Wakatipu’s backs often looked menacing but too often blotted their copybook by spilling the ball.
Arrowtown’s last cup defence of the year is against a tough Maniototo side this Saturday.