Arrowtown reach rugby finals again

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The Arrowtown Premiers rugby side has beaten Upper Clutha to reach the Central Otago finals for the fourth year running,

In their semi-final in Wanaka yesterday (Saturday) they beat Upper Clutha 26-18, after leading 13-7 at halftime.

Arrowtown’s try scorers were Dan Eyles, Simon Williams, Aidan Winter and Jone Nayaloga.

“We’re a wee bit disappointed with probably the standard we played at but Upper Clutha were very competitive,” Arrowtown coach Simon Spark says.

“It’s not easy to go over there and win.”

Spark says a key was his players’ defence: “Upper Clutha had the ball for long periods of time and couldn’t score.

“Our cover scrambling defence was quite good, including two try-saving tackles.”

Arrowtown will again be playing Maniototo in the final at Ranfurly, after Maniototo thrashed Clyde-Earnscleugh 39-0 in their semi-final on Saturday.

In the final last year, also played at Ranfurly, Maniototo won 19-16.

Meanwhile the Wakatipu Wanderers finished their season yesterday with a resounding 35-10 home victory over Roxburgh to win the final of the Central Otago senior reserve competition.

It was a good turn-around for the Wanderers who suffered a one-point loss to Roxburgh just two weeks earlier.

“We cleaned up,” happy Wanderers coach Grant “Spud” Murphy says.

“It was the defence that showed up the most, and also having the boys together for two years – they all know each other and when the job needs to be done they’re doing it for each other.”

The Wanderers’ player of the day was winger Shaun Bowman.