Bok to the future


Natal prop flying in to shore up Arrowtown’s front-row worries.

The high-flying Arrowtown rugby team face a race against the clock to land a prop forward from South Africa to bolster their unbeaten start to the season.

Coach Blair Wilce hopes to secure the mystery player in time for their away White Horse Cup clash with holders Alexandra a week on Saturday. Club rugby takes a break over Easter.

The Alexandra game will also see Arrowtown lock Jim O’Malley clock up his 100th game for the club.

“We’re in negotiations to bring a prop over from Natal in South Africa and ideally we’d have him here as soon as we can,” says Wilce. “If we can get him out before the next match then fine, but we’re maybe pushing it at that.

“Everyone knows we’re struggling a bit to get our front row sorted out.”

Wilce insists that putting on a good show for club stalwart O’Malley against Alexandra in his centurion match will
be more important to the players than win­­­ning the cup. “It’s one the boys will lift for and we’ll hopefully give Jimbo something to celebrate. The White Horse Cup would be a bonus.”

Despite problems upfront, Wilce is delighted with the reigning champs’ unbeaten season start, including last Saturday’s 35-18 victory on the road against Clyde-Earnscleugh.

“Two wins from two is very pleasing,” he says.

Rivals Wakatipu Premiers will recharge their batteries for their next match against Clyde at home on April 18.

Coach Lindsay “Thommo” Thomas is glad of the Easter weekend breather after last Saturday’s 49-15 hammering of Cromwell at the Rec Ground.

“We have a few niggling injuries and hopefully the break will help clear some of them up,” he says.

“I’m not complaining about the eight tries we scored against Cromwell, I’m probably more worried about the two we let in.

“Things are going well but there are still a lot of things to work on.”