Arrowtown Premiers rugby coach Richie Anderson quips that his team’s looking forward to playing ‘Team Hore’ at the Queenstown Events Centre this Saturday.
Officially, Arrowtown’s playing the unbeaten Maniototo Maggots, but Anderson’s referring to Hore brothers Andrew and Charlie.
Though he’s now 37, 83-Test former All Black hooker Andrew is a massive presence in the Maniototo forward pack while ex-Otago back Charlie made a winning contribution when he came on as a substitute last Saturday.
Arrowtown, however, showed they’ve got the game to take on Maniototo after beating previously unbeaten Clyde-Earnscleugh 32-22 in Clyde last Saturday.
Anderson says it was the team’s “most complete” game this season.
After holding out Clyde-Earnscleugh for the first 10 minutes, they sealed the game by scoring 20 unanswered points in the first half including two tries to speedy centre and player of the day Steve Morris.
The Wakatipu Prems, meanwhile, play a must-win home game against Cromwell at the Queenstown Recreation Ground.
Last Saturday they suffered a surprising 27-17 loss to Matakanui Combined, who hadn’t won in Queenstown since the late ’90s.
Wakatipu coach Justin Pewhairangi, while paying tribute to Matakanui, says his players “just didn’t complete the basics”.
“Matakanui beat us upfront and they beat us at the breakdown, so taking those two things into consideration, we were probably lucky the scores were as close as they were.”
Saturday’s two home games start at 2.30pm.
The Wakatipu Wanderers, meanwhile, are away to Bluff this Saturday after losing 42-18 to Riverton in Queenstown last Saturday.
Pewhairangi says the Wanderers were in the game till Riverton pulled away in the last 20 minutes.