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In difficult conditions, both the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby teams had good away wins on Saturday. 

Undefeated Arrowtown beat Matakanui at Omakau 19-0, their new Fijian winger Jone Nayaloga scoring two tries. Top-of-the-table Maniototo’s game against Cromwell was postponed so Arrowtown have joined them on top of the ladder, at least temporarily. 

Amazingly, Arrowtown have now conceded only 47 points in eight games. 

Breathing down their necks in third place are Wakatipu, who beat Upper Clutha 12-10 in a ding-dong battle in Wanaka. Wakatipu’s loosies Ben Blakely and Toi Roberts and centre Tom Kelly were outstanding though the team were lucky to be awarded their first try after an apparent forward pass.

Soccer

The Queenstown Rovers soccer team were due to play Dunedin’s Northern on Saturday for their first home game after seven Footballsouth Premier League games on the road. But the game was postponed after the Northern team’s bus turned back not long after leaving Dunedin. 

The Events Centre did host a Central Otago league derby game, however, the top-of-the-table Rovers reserves and Wakatipu drawing 1-all. 

Then in fine conditions today (Sunday), the Rovers women beat Invercargill’s Thistle 6-1. 

Rugby League

Also today, the reformed Wakatipu Giants rugby league team beat Winton Warlords 52-20 at the Events Centre to show they’re a force to be reckoned with in the Southland competition. 

After three away losses, including a first-up 24-6 loss to the Warlords, the Giants have now won their first two home games. Today’s player of the day was winger Taika Brooks.  

Netball

In Premier grade netball on Saturday, Pub on Wharf defeated previously unbeaten Chico’s/ABL 41-40 in a tight battle between the two top teams. 

Wakatipu High School’s A team won 50-41 over GR Concrete. Harcourts took out their game against a closely matched Arrowtown United 47-41. 

In Senior A netball, Cougar Security completed their domination of round one, comfortably beating WHS B 54-32. 

The Yr 9A school team narrowly beat Executive Accommodation 45-43. 

Glenorchy had their first win of the competition, beating WHS Blue 34-30. 

Yr 10A beat fellow students WHS Gold 36-25.