Try time: Wakatipu's Danny Kayes, who's now scored a competition-leading 10 tries this season, scores another one last Saturday, leaving Arrowtown's Matt Jones in his wake,; ironically, Jones' dad is former Wakatipu player Graeme 'Buckets' Jones. PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY


The Wakatipu Prems rugby team firmed their top-of-the-table position in Queenstown last weekend by wiping the floor 37-3 with Arrowtown in one of the most lop-sided derbies seen
for a while.

‘‘That was a brilliant defensive performance,’’ says coach Brett Anderson, ‘‘and I think that’s reflective of the attitude, camaraderie and culture amongst the side, because that’s what defence is based on, effectively.

‘‘And it rubbed off onto our attack, as well.

‘‘We had a really good game against Cromwell, under lights, but that performance was right up there as well.’’

Wakatipu and Upper Clutha, the Central Otago comp’s two unbeaten sides, still head the table after six rounds, however the former’s well ahead on points differential.

After a break this weekend, Wakatipu finish the round robin by playing Maniototo in Ranfurly next Saturday.

‘‘The focus will be making sure we win that game so we don’t get knocked off the top spot,’’ Anderson says.

‘‘We got tripped up there last year, so we just need to make sure we get things right.’’

Arrowtown coach Simon Harper says last Saturday — their second loss this season — was ‘‘just a bad day, too many mistakes and an opposition who took advantage of that’’.

‘‘We’ll learn from that, change a few things and get back into it.’’

Having four key players sidelined was no excuse, he says — ‘‘the positive is four other players got some invaluable experience’’.

Next Saturday, Arrowtown are home to Cromwell Cavaliers, before four rounds of finals start June 18.

‘‘That’s when we start playing for sheep stations, I guess,’’ Harper says.