Arrowtown tops: Wakatipu’s test

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THE Arrowtown Premiers rugby team now tops the Central Otago competition – and gained extra silverware – after a rare win in Ranfurly.

The side continued its unbeaten season by beating Maniototo 19-8 last Saturday.

Arrowtown, who already hold the White Horse Cup, also claimed the new Speight’s Cup off Maniototo, who’d held it since winning last year’s competition.

Arrowtown coach Drew Carmody, in his first game in charge after Hayden Finch left for Dunedin, says “there’s probably only a handful of players in the team who have actually won in Ranfurly”.

“It is the toughest trip that you’re going to have in this competition so the boys were pretty focused.

“We set ourselves a goal of trying to get through this first round unbeaten.”

Arrowtown’s next game is a White Horse Cup challenge from ninth-placed Upper Clutha B at the Queenstown Events Centre tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, the Wakatipu Premiers, who dispatched the Wakatipu Wanderers 43-0 last Thursday and are fourth on the table, now face a tougher game.

This Saturday they’re playing Clyde-Earnscleugh at the Queenstown Recreation Ground.

Clyde-Earnscleugh, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, was second on the table but has been docked 12 points and dropped to fifth for fielding an ineligible player last month.

Wakatipu Prems coach Damian Petre says Clyde Earnscleugh has performed well this season.

“They’ve been one of the top sides so we’re in for a big challenge.”