The Arrowtown Premiers rugby side has taken down two unbeaten sides in a row but vows not to rest on its laurels against lowly-placed Roxburgh this Saturday.
After an away win against Clyde-Earnscleugh, Arrowtown surprised even its coach by demolishing high-flying Maniototo 47-10 at its Queenstown Events Centre ‘home’ ground last Saturday.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Richie Anderson says.
Arrowtown crossed for seven tries, winger Gareth Jones and prop Luke Mullen both scoring a brace and Izzy Nayaloga, Steve Morris and Laurence Wadham one each.
After seven rounds they now sit second on the Central Otago table to Cromwell who’ve still to take their bye.
Pinpointing reasons why his Bulls went on the rampage, Anderson says the first was the death of captain Aidan Winter’s grandmother two days earlier - his players all wore black armbands.
Secondly, he says they were smarting over past losses to Maniototo.
In 2014 their only defeats were to Maniototo - the first cost them the White Horse Cup and the second cost them the championship final.
Thirdly, Anderson says replacement players are stepping up.
“We’re not trying anything new, we’re just enhancing what we’ve got.”
Anderson says he’s wary about Saturday’s away game against Roxburgh, who’ve beaten them at home before.
“You can’t be cock-a-hoop this season, everyone’s so close.”
Meanwhile, the Wakatipu Premiers are almost drinking in the last-chance saloon after their second home loss in a row.
Despite scoring five tries, they were beaten 41-29 by Cromwell last Saturday, and now lie third last in the nine-team competition.
“We’re running out of games, so we need to get it right pretty quickly otherwise we’re going to be kissing the season goodbye,” coach Justin Pewhairangi says.
He can still some light at the end of the tunnel, however: “It’s small things that we need to fix.”
They play Clyde-Earnscleugh at the Queenstown Events Centre tomorrow at 7.30pm, to allow players to go duck-shooting on Saturday.
Clyde-Earnscleugh may be vulnerable, having lost their past two games after winning their first four.
The Wakatipu Wanderers narrowly lost their Southland division three away game to Bluff 13-11 last Saturday.
Their competition takes a break for this weekend’s opening of the duck-shooting season.