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Fend . . . Former Highlander Hayden Parker was a key player for Kurow in his first appearance this season. PHOTO: TIM MEEHAN

The player dubbed the “Kurow kid” has pulled on his boots for his home side.

Former Highlander Hayden Parker played at first five-eighth for Kurow on Saturday, and helped his side to a 69-10 win over Excelsior.

Parker, home from playing for the Kobelco Steelers in Japan, was a handy asset for the country side, scoring three tries and a raft of conversions.

His accurate kicking game helped put Kurow’s backs into space, and Sam MacDonald had another standout game scoring a couple of tries.

The win cemented Kurow’s place in the top four, and it will move its focus to the final round-robin match tomorrow against Athletic Marist.

In Oamaru, Old Boys hung on against Athletic Marist to win 30-21. Both sides put out some big hits and played some exciting running rugby.

In a repeat of last year’s Citizens Shield, Valley had a 39-15 win over Maheno, in Maheno.

The final round-robin matches of the Citizens Shield get under way tomorrow when Kurow hosts Athletic Marist starting at 2.30pm.

It could make for an interesting affair, as Athies beat Kurow in their first clash this season.

In Oamaru, Excelsior hosts Maheno at Centennial Park 3 but the match of the round looks to be the top-of-the-table clash in Weston with between Valley and Old Boys.

It was 26-26 the last time the two sides met, with neither giving an inch. Both matches kick off at 2.45pm.