Youngman stars in Topp win


Arrowtown and Wakatipu rugby players played crucial roles in Central Otago wresting the Topp
Cup off South Otago last Saturday.

Central Otago won 30-8 in Balclutha to lift the cup for the first time since 2010.

Central blindside flanker and Wakatipu Premiers captain Henry Youngman was player of the day.

Arrowtown’s John Morrison, Matt Flower and Jose Asuaga started the game while their colleagues Malcolm Sutherland, who earlier was player of the day for Central’s development side, and Aidan Winter came off the bench.

Central co-coach, Queenstowner Kelvin Middleton, says these players represented their clubs admirably.

Blindside flanker Youngman was outstanding “but he was allowed to do that with everyone doing their
jobs and freeing him up to play to the calibre I know he is capable of”.

Middleton says lock Morrison and prop Flower played solidly.

“They did a lot of hard yards, and the likes of Aidan Winter came on and unleashed”.

Youngman, the Wakatipu Premiers captain, says “it’s always good to rub shoulders with the guys
that you’re usually trying to hurt each week”.

Speaking of his own play, Youngman says: “It looks like I had spiders on me, they didn’t want to touch me.

“I managed to split them like wet pine and then free up a bit of space for the quicker guys outside me.”

He also dotted down himself after a scrum move from the halfway line.

Meanwhile, the Central Otago competition resumes this Saturday after a break last weekend.

Arrowtown and Wakatipu host Cromwell and Upper Clutha B, respectively.

The Wakatipu Wanderers travel to Alexandra.

All games start at 2.30pm.