Excelsior gains first win of season

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Excelsior accounted for Valley to gain their first win of their Citizens Shield season and Old Boys scored their second successive win by defeating Kurow, while Athies and Maheno’s tie has been rescheduled for May 1.

Blues notched a 27-17 victory at Weston Park over Valley.

Blues opened the scoring after 10 minutes through a penalty from first five Kayne Middleton.

Valley brought their attacking game and were soon rewarded with a well-taken try from midfield back Dylan Edwards, but the conversion from Brad McKenzie was pushed wide.

The game continued to be played around the 10m lines with neither side able to gain superiority.

Excelsior managed to reclaim the lead through another penalty off the boot of Middleton, before trading penalties with McKenzie.

Excelsior held a narrow 12-11 lead at the interval.

The second half started strongly with both sides looking to play attacking football.

Excelsior’s Dan McKay scored a fortunate try after Valley halfback Phil Wilson found him instead of McKenzie.

Valley then scored two penalties to make it 17-17 before a late converted try to standout Blues fullback Oscar Pamment, who also kicked a late penalty.

The last 15 minutes proved tough for both sides, with the match being played in near darkness.

Excelsior coach Troy Looms said he was pleased with the win.

“It was a much better performance than last week and we were pleased to register a win, especially over a tough Valley side playing at home.”

Looms said it was a strong performance from a team relatively light on experience this year.

“When Forry [Jason Forrest] went off, I thought it might turn to custard, but guys like Kayne [Middleton] and Matt [Duff] really showed great leadership and helped me a lot when I went on in the second half.”

The side is now focusing on tackling Kurow.

Old Boys were pushed the whole 80 minutes for a 20-10 win over Kurow, but tries to winger Harry Frost, who bagged a double, and lock Malu Mapasuga, and a conversion and penalty to halfback Inoke Naufahu saw the holders home.

Kurow scored all of their points through first five Ben Nowell, who kicked a conversion and penalty to go with his try.

The home side trailed just 12-7 at the break.

Old Boys coach Kilifi Fangupo said they were happy to get the win but improvements must be made.

“We will take the win, but that’s about it. We weren’t happy with our performance but, to Kurow’s credit, they took it to us for the whole game and had a really strong forward pack.”

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Excelsior first five Kayne Middleton kicks one of his four penalties against Valley at the Weston Domain on Thursday.