Week 12 of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizens Shield saw Old Boys narrowly topple Valley 23-17 at Enfield, Athletic Marist down Maheno 40-26 and Excelsior see off a buoyant Kurow 12-5.
Valley coach Nathan Cunningham said his side had their opponents under pressure at times, with the score level at 14-14 at the break in sloppy conditions, but were punished by the holders’ relentless running game.
“We did (play well),” he said.
“We probably played well in patches and put them under pressure, but at times let them do what they do.
“They scored their two tries in the first half and only kicked penalties in the second, so we must have closed them down fairly well.”
Excelsior narrowly kept Kurow winless at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium in a performance that coach Jason Forrest will look to quickly forget.
“Kurow played well. They frustrated us,” said Forrest.
“We were poor. Don Lolo had a good game but that was about it. We just didn’t execute, but we’ll take the four points and move on.”
Maheno will welcome Old Boys next weekend, while Excelsior entertain Athies and Valley travel to Kurow.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Simeli Koniferedi in action for Kurow at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday.