Arrowtown’s derby demo

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The Arrowtown Premiers rugby coach is warning his team against complacency after their commanding win against Wakatipu last Saturday. 

Arrowtown beat Wakatipu 32-15 in a classic derby battle, piling on four tries in the second half to remain on top of the Central Otago competition. 

This Saturday Arrowtown is at home to Alexandra, which isn’t the easy-beat side they were during the last two years. 

“We’ve had some tough games with Clyde, then Waka­tipu, but Alexandra are now in fourth position and if we lose, we’d be in fourth,” coach Hayden Finch says. 

“The key message after Saturday’s game was ‘We’re not to drop below that second-half level’. 

“We’ve just got to keep that standard and keep improving.” 

Finch was pleased his squad proved its depth after four players missed the game to go duck shooting. 

“Everyone just stood up on the weekend, it’s awesome.” 

Wakatipu Premiers assistant coach Damian Petre admits his players are pretty disappointed. 

“Arrowtown were a lot smarter than we were and we played into their hands.” 

Wakatipu, who’ve now dropped from second-equal to fifth in the competition, travel to Cromwell this Saturday. 

Cromwell have lost all five games this season but Petre says: “We’ve got to play every team like they’re the best team in the competition”. 

Like Arrowtown, Cromwell grow another arm and a leg when they play Wakatipu, Petre says. 

“Every game we play, we’re the city boys, aren’t we?” 

Petre is still optimistic about the rest of the season for Wakatipu. 

“If we can get these next two games under our belt and work on our game, we’re still well in the hunt.” 

SATURDAY’S DRAW: Arrowtown Prems v Alexandra, Jack Reid Park, 2.45pm; Cromwell Seniors v Wakatipu Wanderers, Cromwell, 1pm; Cromwell Prems v Waka­tipu Prems, Cromwell, 2.45pm