The Wakatipu and Arrowtown Premiers rugby sides have had sneak previews of their next opponents – last weekend.
Wakatipu play Cromwell at the Events Centre tonight, fresh from a 36-15 win over them last Saturday – their first victory in three games.
Unbeaten Arrowtown face Upper Clutha at home on Saturday, after scuttling them 29-5 in Wanaka last Saturday.
Wakatipu and Arrowtown both poured on five tries each and had their games in the bag by half-time, but their coaches are wary of their opponents coming back stronger.
Wakatipu’s Kelvin Middleton, while “very happy with the win”, says Cromwell will be “more up for it – I think they were a bit off the pace over the weekend”.
Arrowtown’s Simon Spark is also pleased how his players put pressure on Upper Clutha and executed some nice tries.
But he warns they could still be a handful in the return bout: “It’s going to be hard to front up again because they are a very physical side.”
Arrowtown has extra cause to be wary of Upper Clutha.
Last time they met in Arrowtown, Upper Clutha snatched the White Horse Cup off them. The cup will again be at stake – in their last round-robin game last season, Arrowtown claimed it off Cromwell, who’d in turn taken it off Upper Clutha.