Arrowtown loses last White Horse Cup defence


The Arrowtown rugby side has cruelly lost its last White Horse Cup defence of the season. 

Maniototo beat Arrowtown 22-13 at Jack Reid Park on Saturday to spoil the home side’s perfect record this season. 

It also means Maniototo keeps the cup over summer and has its name inscribed on it. 

Arrowtown won the cup off the Wakatipu Premiers in early May and had held it since, including a hard-fought 13-8 victory over Wakatipu the week before. 

Manitototo, despite missing its former All Black Andrew Hore due to injury, showed early scrum dominance yesterday. 

After trading penalties, Maniototo centre Matt Earl scored the first try of the game out wide. 

Despite Arrowtown kicking a second penalty to trail only 8-6, Maniototo scored a second try, through no.8 Warren Kearney, which first-five Charlie Hore converted, to take a 15-6 lead at halftime. 

Arrowtown, playing downhill, fought back at the start of the second half, and reduced the deficit to just two points thanks to a fine converted try by fullback Lawrence Wadham. 

Hore missed a penalty to keep the score tight but towards the end Maniototo substitute prop Patrick Clegg scored a third try, which Hore converted, to seal the game. 

The Wakatipu Premiers beat Clyde-Earnscleugh 36-14 at the Queenstown Recreation Ground. 

In the curtain-raiser, the Wakatipu Wanderers surprised with a 22-21 win over Alexandra.