Waka-cha-ching: Wakatipu breaks ‘battle’ drought


The Wakatipu Premiers rugby team has snapped a four-game ‘battle of the basin’ losing streak against Arrowtown.

Wakatipu, which lost its first-round encounter in Arrowtown, 26-10, resoundingly reversed the result with an 18-3 win at the Queenstown Recreation Ground in the top-six round of the Central Otago competition last Saturday.

Coach Justin Pewhairangi says their defence was a big improvement on the previous weekend, when they were
hammered by competition leader Maniototo.

“`I think our nine and 10 controlled our field position pretty well and our loose forwards were immense.

“We can beat anybody - it’s just a matter of us turning up with the right attitude and the right game plan and doing it on the day.”

Wakatipu stands a chance of making a home semi-final if it wins its two coming away games, starting with Roxburgh this Saturday.

“They beat Arrowtown in the first round so we’re definitely not taking them lightly,” Pewhairangi says.

Arrowtown Rugby Club president Simon Spark, who’s assisting Drew Carmody coach the club’s premiers team, says Saturday’s loss was hugely disappointing.

“Wakatipu were the better team, they had a better attitude and they were hungrier.

“Our guys have got to take that way and learn from it.”

Arrowtown, with only one win from three games in the top-six round, travel to Wanaka to play Upper Clutha A this Saturday.

The Wakatipu Wanderers, meanwhile, play an away game against Cromwell in the bottom-four competition this Saturday.