Henry Schikker Shines as Upper Clutha Trounces Cromwell in Rugby Clash

Upper Clutha secured a dominant 43-21 victory over Cromwell in a Central Otago premier club rugby match, led by Henry Schikker's two tries and two try assists. The win came at a cost, with three Upper Clutha players suffering injuries, including a season-ending broken arm for Milan Martinović.

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Henry Schikker Shines as Upper Clutha Trounces Cromwell in Rugby Clash

Henry Schikker Shines as Upper Clutha Trounces Cromwell in Rugby Clash

Upper Clutha secured a dominant 43-21 victory over Cromwell in a Central Otago premier club rugby match at Anderson Park on Saturday. The star of the show was 30-year-old winger/fullback Henry Schikker, who scored two tries and set up two more with his blistering speed.

Upper Clutha raced out to a commanding 24-0 lead by halftime and never looked back, notching their sixth straight win. Schikker left Cromwell defenders in his wake throughout the match, showcasing his exceptional pace. The victory was not without cost, however, as Milan Martinović suffered a broken arm in the 25th minute that will likely end his season. Halfback Caleb Dixon and prop Ben McKeich also picked up injuries in the physical contest.

While Schikker stole the spotlight, locks Andrew Horne and Lachlan Garrick put in immense performances up front for Upper Clutha. The team will look to maintain their winning form when they face bottom-placed Matakanui Combined next, before defending the White Horse Trophy against Alexandra.

In other Central Otago premier rugby action, Wakatipu solidified their hold on second place by defeating Alexandra 24-14. Winger Xavier Sadler scored two tries to lead Wakatipu's second-half surge. Meanwhile, Maniototo earned their third win in a row, beating Arrowtown 41-22 on the strength of a seven-try performance. Maniototo held a commanding 41-5 lead before Arrowtown mounted a late rally.

Henry Schikker's heroics for Upper Clutha are all the more impressive given his dedication to both rugby and skiing. The multi-talented athlete helps run the Racers Edge ski shop, which was established by his parents in the 1980s. Upper Clutha will hope Schikker can continue his scintillating form as they chase a premier club rugby title this season.

Key Takeaways

  • Upper Clutha defeats Cromwell 43-21 in Central Otago premier club rugby.
  • Henry Schikker scores 2 tries and sets up 2 more with his blistering speed.
  • Upper Clutha suffers injuries to Milan Martinović, Caleb Dixon, and Ben McKeich.
  • Wakatipu solidifies 2nd place with 24-14 win over Alexandra.
  • Maniototo earns 3rd win in a row, beating Arrowtown 41-22.