Week six of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizens Shield returned with a bang on Saturday as Old Boys, Athletic Marist and Valley took wins.
Old Boys responded in style from their first loss of the campaign to Athies last weekend with a merciless 83-0 hiding of Maheno in the curtain-raiser at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium.
Maheno’s injury woes left them lacking in areas but coach Josh Clarke conceded that the holders were too good on the day and will now look ahead to Excelsior next weekend.
“We were battling to have numbers. We had injuries everywhere and don’t have the depth,” he said.
“But that’s no excuse. They were real clinical. It was the best game I’ve seen them play and if they keep playing like that, they’ll go all right.
“All of our injured players are due back next week so we should have a strong side for Blues.”
Valley grabbed revenge for their opening day loss, with a 30-12 victory over Excelsior.
Blues coach Jason Forrest said the blue and golds were the better side and his players must now set their sights on Maheno in week seven to get their campaign back on track.
“We just didn’t turn up,” he said.
“We didn’t play too badly in the first 40 minutes but all credit to Valley, they took their opportunities.
“It was one of those days. It was disappointing but we’ll learn from it and crack on with Maheno next week, which will also be tough.”
Athletic Marist’s impressive form continued to keep the pressure on Old Boys at the point table’s summit, downing Kurow 46-5.
Athies manager Graham Pitches praised both teams’ efforts, despite his side deviating from their game plan at times.
“The week off didn’t do us any good,” he said.
“They got a bit carried away at times and moved away from our structures. They threw a few 50-50 passes.
“Kurow performed really well. They brought it to us but we dominated the last 60 minutes with our defence. They were outstanding.”
Next Saturday’s fixtures will see Excelsior play host to Maheno, Valley entertain Athies and Old Boys welcome Maheno.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Argentinian half-back Gonzalo Angella produced a fine performance during his debut for Athletic Marist.