Don’t get cocky, fellas


ONE performance doesn’t make a season – and the Wakatipu Premiers rugby team boss is warning his players not to get cocky ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Having clobbered Clyde 41-0 at the Queenstown Recreation Ground last weekend, the Premiers travel to Central Otago hamlet Omakau this Saturday to play Matakanui, who’ve won only one game out of five this season.

Recalling ding-dong battles from the 80s and 90s, Premiers manager Brad Patterson labels Matakanui as Wakatipu’s “bogey team”.

“We’d be crazy to go to Omakau thinking we can bag five points because it’s not always been the way.”

Matakanui also has several players coming back from injury – though, thankfully, not convalescing All Black Tom Donnelly, Patterson adds.

Wakatipu leapfrogged Clyde into third place in the Central Otago competition with an impressive first game on home turf last weekend.

“We’ve got to maintain momentum,” Patterson says.

Second-placed Arrowtown will be away to bottom-placed Alexandra this Saturday.

A hard-fought 15-15 draw with leaders Maniototo in Ranfurly last Saturday kept Arrowtown’s unbeaten record intact.

“It was pleasing in a way but disappointing at the same time,” Arrowtown coach Blair Wilce says.

Wilce’s side scored three tries and were 15-0 up after 20 minutes.

“We probably played the best 30 minutes all year – and probably for the last couple of years.

“But they came right back, which they always do, and we had to defend most of the second half to stop them getting ahead.”

This Saturday’s game might be a chance for some other squad members to have a run, he adds.