Arrowtown halfback Tom Whyld feeds the scrum during his
team's match against Upper Clutha A at Jack Reid Park on
Saturday. Arrowtown won 21-11. Photo by Guy Williams.
Arrowtown relied on stalwart defence to prevail over a
spirited Upper Clutha A, while Wakatipu made easier work of
Maniototo in Central Otago Premier action at the weekend.
With the White Horse Cup on the line at Jack Reid Park on
Saturday, Arrowtown held a slender 15-11 lead with less than
20 minutes remaining before two penalties allowed supporters
to breathe more easily.
Coach Drew Carmody said he was proud of his team's ''gutsy''
attitude in the 21-11 victory.
''We haven't been the most fluent team in the past two weeks,
but they're gritty and you can't ask too much more from the
boys than that.
''We're really winning on our D at the moment - we'd love to
run teams off the park, but with defence like that, it's
difficult to beat us.''
Upper Clutha had vastly improved since its first-round clash,
particularly in the set piece and rucking, he said.
It was the sides' first game of the second round after the
competition split into the top and bottom six.
The win ''kept the dream alive'' of an unbeaten season, but
the team continued to look one game ahead, with Cromwell at
home next week expected to be a tough test, Carmody said.
''Every game in the second round is a battle. There aren't
any easy games.''
Wakatipu scored three tries in its win against Maniototo at
the Queenstown Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Captain Steve Bruce, who scored two of them, said he was
impressed by his team's ability to keep to its structure, and
its defence had been ''outstanding''.
''We scored some good tries, but they wouldn't have come
without that defence.''
The other points came from a conversion, two penalties and a
Danny King field goal.
The team had been targeting the second round to ''really hit
our straps'', so a first-up win was a good start, Bruce said.