Bulls to blitz Ranfurly fortress


Arrowtown Premiers supporters will hope their rugby side’s surprise loss last weekend galvanises them for this Saturday’s White Horse Cup challenge against Maniototo.

The Bulls, who led the Central Otago competition before last Saturday, lost 25-13 to fourth-placed Clyde-Earnscleugh at their Queenstown Events Centre ‘home’ ground.

“Clyde played a bloody good game,” Arrowtown coach Richie Anderson says.

“We made some mistakes and they capitalised on them and showed up our deficiencies, which when you’re going in to a game against Maniototo [who now lead the competition] is a good thing to know.”

Anderson says his injured captain Aidan Winter felt the players were already thinking a week ahead.

“I don’t fall into that category - we just made some bad mistakes and Clyde wanted it more than us.”

Arrowtown beat the Maniototo Maggots 47-10 in their first round clash at the Events Centre, but Anderson says they’re a different proposition on their home ground in Ranfurly, where they’ve repelled all other White Horse Cup challengers this season.

“We’ve just got to play exceptionally well and use the skills and the game plan that we’ve got.”

Anderson says there’s no point in trying to isolate former All Black Andrew Hore and his brother, ex-Otago player Charlie.

“Many South African rugby teams have been trying to get rid of Andrew Hore - it hasn’t worked.”

Traditionally, Maniototo have been forward-orientated but Anderson notes that Charlie Hore’s now playing centre - “he doesn’t play there for no reason”.

Meanwhile, the Wakatipu Prems shrugged off their average season to surprise Matakanui Combined 17-15 in Omakau last Saturday.

They’ll look to repeat the dose this Saturday when they travel to play Cromwell, who are also above them on the points table.

The Wakatipu Wanderers continued their mid-season revival with a good 27-5 home win against Bluff last weekend in the Southland third division competition.

This Saturday they play Invercargill’s Pirates-Old Boys at the Queenstown Recreation Ground - kickoff is 3pm.