Among the blue-shirted Wakatipu Premiers players Arrowtown faced in their White Horse Cup defence last Saturday was Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby player Michael Collins.
Unwanted last weekend by the Blues, the 25-year-old played a crucial role in Wakatipu’s come-from-behind 20-19 win at Arrowtown’s Jack Reid Park.
Positioned at centre, Collins scored a try and helped Rube Peina score the match-winner.
Though it was his first game for the Prems, Collins was more local than almost anyone on the paddock.
Born and raised in Queenstown, he played junior rugby for Wakatipu, while his dad Kelvin played and coached for the club.
Because he plays provincial rugby for Otago, which holds the Ranfurly Shield, he now has the unique distinction of having won both the shield and the White Horse Cup.
Another Wakatipu contributor was co-coach and ex-Otago player Brett ‘Big Show’ Anderson.
He came on as a replacement prop with 15 minutes to go for his first game in two years.
After the match, Arrowtown coach Aidan Winter fumed that his team’s poor kicking towards the end cost them the game.
Arrowtown this Saturday play Maniototo at home at 2.30pm while Wakatipu have a bye as their scheduled opponents Matakanui Combined have since pulled out of this year’s comp.
Meanwhile, Wakatipu Wand-erers beat Mossburn Pirates 20-10 at the Queenstown Events Centre last Thursday.
They’re off to Tuatapere this Saturday to play Waiau Star.