Improving Arrowtown works for win


The Arrowtown Premiers rugby side has regained its mojo after claiming a major scalp.

The side beat previously unbeaten Upper Clutha A 28-16 at its home ground last Saturday.

“We’ve been improving the last few weeks and that continued on Saturday,” coach Drew Carmody says.

“We didn’t want to go into the second round having only beaten some of the lower teams, so we needed to beat one of those good teams and show we’re still capable.

“We had a wee look at ourselves and came to the agreement we weren’t as good as we thought we were and we needed to work a bit harder to win some of these tough games.”

Arrowtown travels this Saturday to play Matakanui in Omakau.

“They’re going to make it very difficult for our tight five,” Carmody says.

The Wakatipu Premiers lost their away game to Alexandra 23-3 last Saturday.

“We didn’t quite execute what we wanted to do at certain times, but all the boys never gave up - we just came up against a very good team,” coach Justin Pewhairangi says.

Wakatipu plays top-of-the-table unbeaten Maniototo at the Queenstown Recreation Ground this Saturday at 2.30pm.

“We’re quietly confident if we get things right we can beat anyone in the competition, it’s just that we’ve got to get it right on the day,” Pewhairangi says.

The Wakatipu Rugby Club is inviting past players and club members to watch the game and socialise in the clubrooms afterwards.

The Wakatipu Wanderers, who remain winless after losing 14-10 to Upper Clutha B last Saturday, play Cromwell away this Saturday.