Rugby Results Citizens Shield
Valley 17(P Wilson, S McLachlan tries; B McKenzie pen, 2 con), Excelsior 13 (S Thomas try,
T Davies 2 pen, con). HT: 13-7 Excelsior.
Old Boys 50 ( S Talalelei 2, R Darling, J Shields, P Ala, M Taiti, O Masoe tries; I Naufahu 5 con), Kurow 24 (S Fleming 2, R Verbakel, B Nowell tries; Nowell 2 con). HT: 24-10 Old Boys.
Athletic Marist 32 (S Lilicama 4, C Newlands tries; Lilicama pen, 2 con), Maheno 12 (L Crisp, L Kingan tries; R Smith con).HT: 17-12 Athletic Marist
Old Boys and Athletic Marist are the only unbeaten sides in Citizens Shield rugby after the playing of the second round on Saturday. Old Boys beat Kurow, 50-24 at Kurow while Athletic Marist defeated Maheno, 32-12 and in a close contest Valley opened its account with a 17-13 win over Excelsior.
Left winger Simon Lilicama once again was the star of the Athletic Marist side as he scored a total of 27 points from four tries, a penalty and a conversion, as well as setting up Connor Newlands try. Maheno opened the scoring in the 15th minute when fullback Luke Crisp touched down for Robbie Smith to convert. A Lilicama try and conversion levelled the score and a Lilicama penalty put Athletic out to a 10-7 lead midway through the first half. A brilliant 40 metre break by Lilicama set Newlands over between the posts with Lilicama adding the conversion before a try to Maheno second five eighth Lachie Kingan made it 17-12 at halftime. Three second half tries to Lilicama ,all unconverted completed a fine individual performance.
Old Boys scored a point a minute in the first quarter against Kurow with lock Paea Ala, flanker Manu Taiti, midfielder Seti Talalelei and loosehead prop Ralph Darling scoring tries with halfback Inoke Naufahu adding two conversions. Kurow found its feet in the second quarter with second five eighth Ben Nowell and winger Sam Fleming scoring tries to leave Old Boys with a 24-10 halftime lead. A try to centre Omega Masoe and a Naufahu conversion took Old Boys out to 31-10 sixty seconds into the second half before Kurow captain Rob Verbakel touched down in the 46th minute for Nowell to convert. Tighthead prop Jeremiah Shields scored for Old Boys in the 64th minute for Naufahu to convert and Talalelei got his second to take Old Boys out to 43-17 before Fleming got his second. Old Boys flanker Filipo Veamatahau scored Old Boys final try which Naufahu converted.
Only three tries were scored in the Excelsior/Valley game. Excelsior first five eighth Tyron Davies kicked a penalty to open the scoring before Valley half Phil Wilson touched down for Brad McKenzie to convert. Excelsior winger Slade Thomas's try and a Davies conversion followed by a Davies penalty gave Excelsior a 13-7 halftime lead. Valley regained the lead after a try to winger Steve McLachlan which was converted by McKenzie and a McKenzie penalty six minutes from fulltime gave Valley a four point win. Blindside flanker Logan Dunlop and centre Angus Gibb stood out for Valley while Davies and tighthead prop Meli Kolinisau had fine games for Excelsior.
Pirates 40, North Otago 10