Week nine of the of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizens Shield saw Valley, Athletic Marist and Old Boys take wins.
Kurow’s quest for a first win of the season will continue after their failure to spoil Valley’s 25th celebrations in a 38-10 defeat in Weston.
Coach Nathan Cunningham said Saturday’s encounter proved difficult but was detrimental in keeping his side’s campaign on track.
“It was a difficult, nugetty game,” he said.
“Valley always seems to struggle against Kurow, but we scored some good tries.
“It was really about us getting back on track and on our pattern of play, so yesterday was pretty important for us heading in to the next round.”
Maheno fell to another defeat despite a valiant effort against a slick Athies at Maheno Domain.
Athletic’s pacey backs proved the difference in a tie that the green and blacks will take confidence from despite the loss.
Josh Clarke praised his players’ efforts and is confident his team can take wins in the coming weeks.
“It was really good,” he said.
“The boys played well, I was impressed with the effort and how they played, it was much better.
“It was just unlucky, we were hard on attack and that’s how they got that try under the posts.
“We muscled the up, but it’s their speed amongst their full team, some of their forwards run like they’re backs.
“We’ve just got to keep improving, we’ve got Valley next, the boys are getting their confidence back and hopefully we can beat some of the big teams.”
Old Boys’ relentless crusade for a another Citizens Shield title continued with a 41-17 victory over Excelsior at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Kurow remained without a win after falling 38-10 to Valley in Weston.