Jumble of legs: Wakatipu's Danny Kayes dots down in the tackle of Alexandra's Michael Murtagh-Loader last Saturday, creating an image in the likeness of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous drawing, The Vitruvian Man. PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY


Starting their competition with two relatively easy rounds should help the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides prepare for bigger battles ahead.

Last weekend, Arrowtown beat Matakanui 38-7, in Omakau, while Wakatipu thrashed
Alexandra 61-19 at home.

Tomorrow, Arrowtown travel to Alexandra and Wakatipu host Cromwell Cavaliers —
both games kick off 2.30pm.

But then reality hits, with Arrowtown travelling to Wanaka to potentially challenge for
the White Horse Cup, after Upper Clutha took it off Cromwell Goats last weekend.

While Wakatipu play defending champs Cromwell in their backyard.

Those games are scheduled for next Saturday, May 7, but because that’s the start of duckshooting, those games are likely to be played under lights next Thursday.

Arrowtown coach Simon Harper calls their Omakau win ‘‘a pleasing start’’.

‘‘We sort of, like, played their game, but once we reset at halftime, ’cos I think it was 10-7, we ran away with it.’’

Centre Thomas Grandiek, returning after two years, scored two tries and was player of the day, while fullback Connor Bissett and lock Malcolm Sutherland impressed, Harper says.

They still have ‘‘lots to work on, but that’s good’’, he adds, while the possibility of a White Horse Cup challenge is ‘‘motivation for us to keep improving’’.

Wakatipu coach Brett Anderson says ‘‘it’s always pleasing to get away to a good start, and to get a few points on is really good for our team going forward’’.

Bursting through: Wakatipu loosie Bradley Cross tries to shrug off a couple of Alexandra tacklers at the Queenstown Rec Ground last Saturday. PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

‘‘There’s still plenty of work-ons to come out of that, things we recognise we didn’t do that well and we’ve got to be better at when we come up against some of these bigger teams.’’

He’s frustrated the comp’s again scheduled a round on duckshooting weekend, meaning the likelihood of a tough night battle against Cromwell Goats next Thursday.

‘‘For some reason, they’ve drawn us to play on duckshooting [weekend] for the last two
years, and they never used to.’’

That’s puzzling, he says, because it’s such a short season.