Upper Clutha stags win tight contest

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Excitement filled the sidelines in Wanaka on Saturday when the Upper Clutha Stags and Cromwell Red under-11 rugby teams went head to head.

The match was tight, prompting words of encouragement from spectators as each team battled for the win.

However, it was the Upper Clutha Stags who secured the win, 33-32, its second win of the season.

The team’s earlier win was against Maniototo.

Upper Clutha Stags co-coach Lincoln Bruce was impressed with the team’s latest performance.

“We’re missing three of our regular players so we had three of the under-10 players, who had just played a game.

“Every player really dug deep today.

“Some of the guys who hadn’t really shown up throughout the rest of the season turned up [with their skills] and all of them deserve player of the day.”

Cromwell Red co-coach Jemma Jones was also impressed with the way the game went.

“It was a tight game, obviously,” she said.

Cromwell led 17-12 at halftime.

“We definitely had a really good game – both teams played really well. It was a good competition,” she said.

“It was really good to watch.”

This weekend marked finals, before the school holidays. Following that, another round would start, she said.