Wakatipu Prems down Clyde


The unbeaten Wakatipu Premiers rugby side yesterday (Saturday) notched their first away win against Clyde-Earnscleugh in three years. 

The team – bolstered by former All Black halfback Justin Marshall – won 29-12 in Clyde. 

The win, their eighth on the trot this season, came with a bonus point for scoring five tries and extends their lead in the Central Otago competition. 

After three come-from-behind victories in a row, Wakatipu this time led after their first 40 minutes into the wind, 10-5. 

“We would have been happy with the win but to get a bonus point, we’re rapt,” coach Damian Petre says. 

Petre says Marshall had a good 70 minutes before being handed a rest. 

The game was only Marshall’s second in Wakatipu colours – four weeks earlier, he played a hand in his side’s memorable 34-24 win over Maniototo. 

Petre says the game was also a good test of his team’s depth – two players from the club’s feeder team, the Wanderers, helped out. 

Wakatipu’s try scorers were left winger Stu Vincent (two tries), number eight Toi Roberts (two) and first-five Regan Pearce. 

Pearce and fullback Tony Farley each kicked a conversion. 

Arrowtown, meanwhile, thrashed the Wakatipu Wanderers 91-0 in Queenstown.