Excelsior gets major fright from Maheno

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Week seven of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizen Shield produced no surprises with Athletic Marist, Excelsior and Old Boys all claiming well deserved victories on Saturday.

Excelsior and Maheno opened the weekend’s proceedings, with the young Blues side claiming a hard fought 31-24 against a spirited Maheno outfit at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.

A couple of injuries to some players leaves Excelsior coach Jason Forrest a bit light on numbers for next weekend, but he will gladly take the win.

“It was a game of two halves, the boys played really well in the first half we executed all our moves well and passes went to hand. In the second half we made basic mistakes and these nearly cost us,” he said.

Forrest said Maheno is a side that are never taken lightly and Saturday showed why.

“Maheno always play really well against us and they did again on Saturday, the boys sort of thought they had won at half time, but we scraped through and got the five points so I’m happy but disappointed at the same time.”

Old Boy showed glimpses of why they have won the title for the past four years with a strong 45-22 win over Kurow.

Old Boys manager Warren Bloxsom said they were happy with the result but there were things to work on for next weekend.

“We attacked well, but our defence lacked a bit of control at time and was a bit sloppy. Their centre, Simeli Koniferedi, was superb, he broke our line a number of times and scored a couple of good tries,” he said.

“We have a bit of work to do ahead of next week and we know how tough Valley will be.”

Meanwhile Athletic Marist showed why they knocked over Old Boys a fortnight ago, downing Valley 24-9.

Athletic Marist backs coach Jon Sinclair said it was pleasing to come away with the competition points.

“We played pretty poorly and Valley took it to us, we took a step backwards as last weekend against Kurow was our best performance of the season,” Sinclair said.

“We are looking forward to next week and know Excelsior won’t be an easy challenge.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: JAMES FORD

JUST INSIDE: Old Boys centre Lemi Masoe scores narrowly inside the line despite the efforts of Kurow’s Simeli Koniferedi.