Tough cup defence for Premiers


The Wakatipu Premiers rugby team comes off a two-week break to face a demanding White Horse Cup challenge this Saturday.

The unbeaten team – who came from behind to defeat Maniototo and Cromwell in their last two cup defences – play Upper Clutha in Queenstown.

“They had a particularly good start to the season,” Wakatipu coach Damian Petre says.

“They’re always a difficult side to play – I’m sure they’ll be pretty excited about the chance to lift the cup.”

The Arrowtown Premiers also face tough opposition this Saturday – an away game against Clyde-Earnscleugh.

“Clyde is going to be tough because they really need to beat us to be assured of not dropping down to the bottom-five,” Arrowtown coach Hayden Finch says.

Arrowtown thrashed Matakanui-Combined 74-0 at home last Saturday, for a third easy win on the trot. Captain and number eight Ben Chisholm scored five tries.

“We’ve used every single guy on our squad so it’s actually been really good,” Finch says.

But every game will now be difficult, he adds.

Arrowtown play Maniototo then Clyde-Earnscleugh before the top-six round starts.