The Arrowtown Premiers coach says his second-placed side learnt about derby rugby when it came from behind to beat Wakatipu 20-10 in Queenstown last Saturday.
For the first time this season, Arrowtown was 10-0 down after Kapa Moeke and Dan O’Shea scored tries for a much-improved Wakatipu side in the first quarter.
Coach Richie Anderson says before the game he told his players to forget about form.
“Wakatipu’s form coming into the game was shit and our form was great.
“I said, ‘in the local derby, both teams just go hard at it’, and that was evident in the first 15 minutes.”
Anderson says what turned his team around was patience, belief in their game plan, “and we just meticulously tuned up our defence”.
Arrowtown’s first try to loosie Jim Peacock, at the end of the first spell, came after he charged down a clearing kick - “we were noticing that their fullback was taking two or three steps in the mud”, Anderson says.
The game-clincher was a second-half penalty try from a drive they had planned. After the game, stalwart Arrowtown lock John Morrison was awarded his 100-game blazer.
This Saturday, Arrowtown hosts lowly-placed Alexandra at the Queenstown Events Centre, kicking off at 2.30pm.
Anderson says his side can’t afford to take Alexandra lightly “or it will kick us in the backside”.
Wakatipu, meanwhile, plays Roxburgh at the Queenstown Recreation Ground.
Kickoff’s also 2.30pm.