Arrowtown hope to shed their first-half blues as the premier rugby comp switches phase.
With their 45-12 win over Cromwell last Saturday, Arrowtown enter Central Otago’s top six alongside Wakatipu Premiers, Upper Clutha, Maniototo, Roxburgh and Alexandra in the top six.
Wakatipu Wanderers, who defaulted their last game because they couldn’t cobble together a team, are in the bottom four.
Five rounds now decide who makes the semis, leading up to the July 25 final.
Arrowtown coach Drew Carmody says in the early part of the season the odd slip-up can be forgiven.
“The points restart and every game counts now, so we can’t afford to button off like we have been a wee bit earlier in the season.
“We need to make sure that we’re there and ready to play every game.”
Last Saturday, Arrowtown scored an early try against Cromwell to go 7-0 up.
The home side spent the next half hour under pressure. They conceded two tries, giving Cromwell a 12-7 advantage.
Arrowtown hit back just before half-time, snatching the lead 14-12.
Carmody says: “We were mostly disappointed with our defence and not sticking to our structure.
“Heading into the second half we challenged the boys to hold onto the ball as long as possible - and if we did that everything else would follow.”
An early try set the tone and then Arrowtown ran away with the game.
Christian Jones was player of the day and George Ravula scored three tries.
Carmody says of Ravula: “He had a good game with lots of strong carries and strong defence.”
In this Saturday’s crucial top-six clash, Arrowtown host Maniototo at Jack Reid Park and Wakatipu tackle Upper Clutha at Queenstown Recreation Ground. Games start at 2.20pm.