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Thursday, April 2

Valley, Excelsior, Kurow and Old Boys will play their second game of the Citizens Shield season this evening due to Easter weekend while Athies and Maheno’s clash has been rescheduled to May 1.

Valley will welcome Blues to Weston Park and Old Boys will travel to Kurow and both fixtures will kick-off at 6pm.

Last weekend’s action saw Old Boys hand a deflating 48-15 hiding to Valley in Weston.

Coach Kilifi Fangupo fielded a new-look Old Boys side with eight new players donning the black jersey, but that did not stop the holders from producing a near-perfect start to their quest for a fifth championship on the spin.

Valley will be intent on recovering quickly but will face an equally determined Excelsior, who fell to a frustrating 20-19 loss to Athletic Marist in their first fixture of the campaign.

The Blues were denied an opening day victory when Welsh import Rory Harries was given a second chance to convert Athies late try by referee Nick Webster at the end of an enthralling contest.

Webster allowed the 19-year-old to retake the conversion after penalising Excelsior for distracting the kicker.

The halfback held his nerve to slot the kick and hand his side four points to the dismay of the Excelsior faithful.

TONIGHT’S FIXTURES
Valley vs Excelsior, Weston Park 6pm. Ref Wayne Boyle. AR K. Dwyer/B. Rowland.
Kurow vs Old Boys, Kurow 6pm. Ref Nick Webster

By James Ford

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Old Boys will lock horns with Kurow and Valley will entertain Excelsior in tonight’s fixtures. Pictured is Filipo Veamatahau in action during Old Boys’ victory over Valley last Saturday.