Single point covers top four clubs

It is tight at the top of the Citizens Shield and the top four clubs are separated by a solitary point after the fourth round of play on Saturday.

Old Boys, Excelsior and Valley are co-leaders with 15 points, followed one point further back by Maheno.

Excelsior caused the biggest boilover when it ended Old Boys' unbeaten run with a convincing 25-7 win.

Excelsior scored first, after five minutes, when a break by No8 Mosese Aho sent prop Will Sunderland in for an unconverted try.

Old Boys took the lead when lock Paea Ala burst over and Inoke Naufahu converted. A Tom Moysey penalty five minutes from halftime gave Excelsior an 8-7 lead at halftime.

Six minutes into the second spell Excelsior's centre, Taina Tamou, was given space and he scored an unconverted try.

Excelsior halfback Tarn Crow then scuttled over for a try.

Old Boys forward Seti Hallalele was red-carded. Excelsior made the most of it and lock Hayden James crashed over for Moysey to convert.

Valley and Kurow were locked up 12-all in the first half before tries to Brad McKenzie and prop Logan Dunlop, one of which McKenzie converted, took Valley to a 24-12 lead at halftime.

The game lost some of its momentum in the final 40 minutes. Vinny Smith scored an unconverted try for Valley, for a 29-12 win.

Maheno retained the McKenzie-Craik Challenge Cup when it defeated Athletic Marist 58-7 at the Maheno Domain.

Maheno piled on 27 points in the first half, through tries to Forrest Beer (2), Adam Johnston, Robbie Smith and flanker Marcus Balchin. Smith added a solitary conversion. Maheno continued this momentum in the second half, the green-and-blacks adding a further five tries.

Athletic Marist's points came from a try to Kaulelei Finau and a Mason Kinzett conversion.

 - Terry O'Niell

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