Two from two for local Prems

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Wakatipu Premier's Kapa Moeke swats away Alexandra's Cameron Smith during a clash at the Queenstown Rec Ground on Saturday. Waka won 24-17, holding on to the White Horse Cup PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

It was raining silverware in the Wakatipu Basin on Saturday night after both the local Premier rugby sides came up trumps in hard-fought battles.

Wakatipu retained the White Horse after a fierce challenge from Alexandra, holding on to win 24-17.

Waka co-coach Brett Anderson says the game was “very tight” – the home team lead 12-10 at the break and held on for a 24-17 win, meaning they won the Speight’s Cup and locked the White Horse Cup away for a couple of weeks.

While he points to wing Lawrence Wadham and forward Scott Cowan as stand-out players, overall the side didn’t perform.

It was their first game in three weeks – and the blazer game (50th game) for Chris Young.

Waka had a bye after Matakanui pulled out of the competition and then a break for duck-shooting, but Anderson says that’s no excuse.

“I just think we were probably a bit complacent and the Alex team turned up firing and got off to a pretty handy start.

but we made hard work of it.”

Meanwhile, Arrowtown managed to topple the top of the table team, Upper Clutha, in Tarras and brought the Neil Purvis Memorial Trophy back through the gorge to Jack Reid Park.

Manager Ben Finn says the Bulls went from leading 17-6 at the break to being behind by two points with 15 minutes on the clock.

A well-timed try put them back in front and they managed to hold on till the final whistle.

Finn says it was one of the team’s better performances this season.

“We’ve come off a couple of losses, so it’s just nice to get a win in the bank and all the boys are on the same page again.

“We had a few beers on Saturday night to celebrate – it was just a good feeling amongst the camp.”

While Arrowtown was at full strength for last Saturday’s game, four or five players will likely be ruled out for their home game against Cromwell this weekend.

“We’re pretty banged up, but I guess that’s the price you pay for getting a good win against Upper Clutha,” Finn says.

As for this weekend’s game, he reckons it’ll be another nail-biter.

“They’ve been the form side for the last couple of weeks – it’s another step up … it’s definitely going to be another tough weekend.”

Wakatipu will play the Cromwell Cavaliers in Cromwell, kick-off for both games is 2.30pm.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz