Wakatipu Premiers rugby coach Kelvin Middleton has one thing on his mind this week – the super boot of Charlie Hore.
On Saturday the Premiers are away against Maniototo, spearheaded by first-five Hore, who’s played for the Highlanders and Otago.
“Maniototo have very tough forwards and with Charlie running at first-five, they have a pretty good kicking game as well so we’re going to have to be at the top of ours.”
In anticipation of an assault of long, deep kicks from Hore, Middleton’s got no secrets about what his charges are drilling in training this week.
“We’ll be doing quite a bit of work with returning the ball.”
Middleton says the Premiers were lucky to win 16-10 in last week’s Super 14 curtain-raiser at the Events Centre. Upper Clutha missed several penalties and conversions
“When you win by six points and the other team misses a couple of kicks, you count your blessings.
“We have to cut back on errors and basic mistakes. Hopefully having a game under the belt will help.”
Arrowtown coach Blair Wilce expects a physical test in Wanaka against Upper Clutha, a repeat of last year’s Central Otago competition final won by Arrowtown.
“Upper Clutha have lots of farm boys and hard country lads so it’ll be pretty tough,” he says.
Second round fixtures on Saturday
Wakatipu Premiers v Maniototo, 2.45pm, Ranfurly
Arrowtown v Upper Clutha, 2.45pm, Wanaka
Wakatipu Wanderers v Alexandra-Roxburgh Combined, 1pm, Alexandra
Round one results last Saturday
Wakatipu Premiers beat Upper Clutha, 16-10
Arrowtown beat Matakanui Combined, 24-7
B grade: Wakatipu Wanderers beat Upper Clutha B, 12-6