Arrowtown – down four players off duck shooting – have blasted Wakatipu out of the water in their rugby derby.
The Arrowtown Premiers scored a resounding 32-15 victory over Wakatipu at the Queenstown Recreation Ground on Saturday.
The side also retained a trophy called ‘The Cup’ that’s up for stake the first match involving the two teams each season.
Arrowtown led Wakatipu 6-3 at halftime as the teams traded penalties in a scrappy first 40 minutes.
But the visitors, particularly their forwards, proved far too strong in the second half.
Prop Eds Spence scored Arrowtown’s first try early in the second half after a barnstorming run by blindside flanker Ben Chisholm.
Goal-kicker Dylan Fletcher converted from the sideline.
Soon after, Arrowtown winger Tyne Schofeild went over in the corner and Fletcher again converted from the sideline.
Suddenly Arrowtown were up 20-3 ahead as their supporters cheered wildly.
Their lead was pegged back to 20-8 when inspirational Wakatipu winger Mark Te Whaiti scored an unconverted try.
But Arrowtown fullback Kane Dodds soon after pumped his fists as he scored his team’s third try which was again converted.
Wakatipu centre Nathan Reid replied with an easy try that was converted – leaving his side trailing 27-15.
Arrowtown captain and second-five Aidan Winter sealed the deal with a last-minute unconverted try as the team’s delighted support team and reserves joined the players on the field.
Arrowtown coach Hayden Finch says he’s absolutely stoked with the win.
His team had stuck to their game plan, played for territory and taken on Wakatipu’s tight-five.
“We starved their good backs of ball,” he says.