Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides tackle South Otago opponents this Saturday after each suffering two away losses on the trot.
Arrowtown are home to Heriot and Wakatipu away to Otago Country champions Lawrence, as part of the Countrywide component to this season’s draw.
Arrowtown coach Simon Spark says after last Thursday’s 18-13 loss to Cromwell he told his players they were living on past glories.
“We’ve got to move on from that and keep working hard because we’re not the team we think we are at the moment.
“We’ve got some guys who have got to front up a bit more.”
Spark reckons the coaches might also be to blame for not settling on a starting XV, especially in the backs.
He’s looking forward to his side’s first ever clash with Heriot.
“I’d say we’re very similar in standard.”
Wakatipu coach Kelvin Middleton says his team put on a “hugely improved performance” from the week before in last Thursday’s 39-22 loss to Upper Clutha.
“We were up with 20 minutes to go but then things unfortunately went awry.”
Middleton says his team’s struggling with injuries and missing loosies Ben Blakely and Toi Roberts, who left last week to work on the Brisbane underground rail project.
“They’re a huge loss because a lot of our team pattern was based around them.”
Playing Lawrence will be “the toughest game you could have in the [Countrywide] competition but we’ve got to not worry about them and try to get ourselves back on track,” Middleton says.
However he does query the draw: “I cannot see the logic of playing the top-ranked team in the Otago Country competition when we came third in our [Central Otago] grade last year.”