The Arrowtown Premiers rugby side must be favourites to notch a derby win over Wakatipu in Queenstown tomorrow.
Sitting second-equal on the Central Otago table, only one behind Maniototo, Arrowtown toiled well to beat Cromwell 21-13 at their Queenstown Events Centre ‘home’ ground last Saturday.
In so doing they reversed a first-round loss and reclaimed the Battle of the Gorge trophy.
The Wakatipu Prems, on the other hand, lost away to Upper Clutha, 35-10, after beating them in the first round. They’re third-last after what coach Justin Pewhairangi says was a lacklustre performance “at best”.
He’s very keen to beat Arrowtown, because a loss means its finals chances could be gone.
Just as importantly, he wants his players to put pride back in their jersey.
Pewhairangi acknowledges Arrowtown’s a quality side, across the board - even if inspirational captain Aidan Winter doesn’t return from injury.
“We’ve got to play way better than last week to even compete with them,” he says.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, Arrowtown’s Laurence Wadham, Christian Jones, Adam Hill, Steve Morris and John Morrison, along with Wakatipu’s Raf Tuhura, have been named in the Otago Country squad to play Southland Country on June 29.