CCRU Preview Round 10

SATURDAY, 24th June, 2017

Central Coast Rugby Union moves into the second half of the competition this weekend and again there are some classic matches to keep the crowds entertained. All four Premier 1 fixtures will be close and it’s difficult to predict what will happen at any of the four grounds.

Kariong will again travel down the mountain, this time to take on fifth placed Woy Woy at Woy Woy Oval. Kariong hung onto their third place on the ladder, after a win over Gosford last weekend, and will be confident they have what it takes to claim another win and hold onto their top four spot, even leapfrog Ourimbah into second place, given Ourimbah have the Bye. Kariong had plenty of chances against Gosford but were unable to capitalise on them all and this Saturday they will hope that these chances won’t go begging. If number eight Blake Silvester has another strong game and has his forward pack well organised, the Kariong backs, through Mitch Clay and Ryan Wallbank, will have the ball they need to score the necessary points. Woy Woy on the other hand, will want a better start to what they had against Terrigal. They proved they can finish any match strongly, but last week were too far behind on the scoreboard for it to make an impact. If they kick off this weekend’s game well and don’t let Kariong score many early points, they will have a much better chance to be on top at the end of the eighty minutes.

Undefeated Terrigal will make the trip to Woongarrah Oval to play fourth placed Warnervale. In the first game of the season, Warnervale went very close to scoring a big upset over Terrigal, who managed to grab a late win that day over the Wildcats. This Saturday will see a game just as close as that one, in another hard to predict game of rugby. Terrigal will go into this game as favourites, but Warnervale will be disappointed with their result last weekend against Ourimbah and will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle straight away. Both sides will have their representative players back on the paddock so should be at full strength and this will give both teams the confidence they need to claim a win. Warnervale know that the teams below them on the ladder are closing in and if Warnervale lose, and either Woy Woy or Avoca Beach win on Saturday with a bonus point, Warnervale could be out of the Top Four and this is not what they want. Terrigal will of course be hoping to maintain their undefeated status but know not to take this Warnervale side lightly.

Gosford will host Avoca Beach at Gosford Rugby Field in another tough game in this round of rugby. These two teams played out a draw on April 1 this year and both won’t want that to happen again. Gosford thought they had a dream beginning to the competition in Round 1, when they led from the start over Avoca but a late try to the Sharks gave the teams a draw. Both teams are currently sitting outside the Top Four and know a win is necessary if they want to be pushing for Finals spot in a few months’ time. Gosford played well against Kariong last Saturday, but were unable to make use of having two extra players on the field for eight minutes of the second half, and will be ruing the options taken during this time, better decisions may have seen a different result on the day. Avoca Beach had a high scoring game against The Lakes last weekend and will want to continue that try scoring play into this Saturday. It’s unusual to see these two sides so far down the ladder at this time of the year and neither will be enjoying sitting where they are and know this match is crucial to push themselves up the ladder.

Hornsby make the trip to Slade Park this Saturday and will face a much improved The Lakes outfit. Hornsby was able to win easily over The Lakes in Round 1 but will run out against a very different side this weekend. Hornsby have had only the one win this year and may find the road trip to Budgewoi a tough ask as The Lakes at home are a tough opposition for any side and especially when they know this is their best chance to grab their first win of 2017. The Fijian recruits playing at The Lakes have definitely made their mark against oppositions in recent weeks and will again look to score plenty of tries. Hornsby will be looking to play a tight game in the forwards to avoid these great runners for The Lakes getting the ball, as we have seen in recent weeks that they can score from anywhere on the field.

The Entrance will host Ourimbah this Friday night at Joseph Banks Oval in the President’s Cup competition. The Entrance had a solid win on the road last Saturday but will face a talented Ourimbah side who will be looking to jump into top spot on the pointstable with a night-time win.

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SATURDAY, 17th June, 2017

Central Coast Rugby Union resumes this weekend after the June Long Weekend General Bye, and all four Premier 1 matches are obviously important to show how the sides will finish the first half of the competition.

The Match of the Day will be played at Woongarrah Oval when second placed Warnervale take on fourth placed Ourimbah. Warnervale have only lost two very close games this year and will be keen to continue Ourimbah’s bad run of late. Ourimbah have not had a win since they played Hornsby in Round 5 and they will want to get back into the winners’ circle, not only to improve their team confidence, but to get a firmer grip on a Top Four spot. Warnervale have been the surprise package this year, with quite a few of their juniors returning to bolster the club’s playing depth, and they have certainly made an impact, claiming some great wins to place their club in a strong position at this point of the season. The return of Kevin McNamara, Josh Holman and Keanu Ashwell has given the club some quality rugby experience to win the big games. They know this Saturday is a big one they must win to continue to prove themselves in this competition. Ourimbah on the other hand, have not hit their straps completely this season, injuries and player absences are a concern but the Razorbacks need this win, and know they can do it if players like Tyler Jones & Josefa Biu make the impact we all know they can up front.

Another equally important match will be the clash between Woy Woy and Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval. Terrigal are yet to be defeated in 2017 but know they have another tough task ahead of them against a Woy Woy side which has been hot and cold this year. If Woy Woy put their best team on the paddock they will push Terrigal to the limits and being at home they will be confident of claiming a major scalp. Terrigal will look to their captain Sam Kenny to lead from the front and ensure his forward pack get good ball to their backs who have proven they can score tries from anywhere on the paddock. Once players such as Frankie Webber and Martin Wahbe get the ball, they are hard to stop. Most will assume Terrigal will get the win but Woy Woy will be doing all they can to prove this wrong.

Kariong will travel down the mountain to take on Gosford this Saturday at Gosford Rugby Field in Gosford Showground. A match between these two sides is never taken lightly and while Kariong are favourites, with their current second placed billing, Gosford do grow an extra leg when playing the Wanderers and will be quietly confident of winning an upset to give their season the boost it needs.

Avoca Beach will host The Lakes at Heazlett Park. The Lakes often struggle to travel in full strength to the beachside suburb, but if their First Fifteen do show up, The Lakes will give Avoca Beach a good run for their money. Avoca will need to be wary of this, but will also know that if they stick to their game plan they should be able to notch up an important win to keep in touch with the Top Four.

The Entrance will make the trip to Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday to play Hornsby in the President’s Cup fixture. Hornsby claimed their first President’s Cup win of the year in Round 8 and will be hoping to continue that form against a solid Rams outfit.

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SATURDAY, 3rd June, 2017

The Central Coast rugby union season continues this Saturday with several most interesting games of rugby. The Match of the Day will be at Kariong Oval when the two top placed teams meet in what should prove a most exciting clash. Kariong are at home to Terrigal and it is very difficult to predict what will happen on Saturday.Both teams had good wins last Saturday, with Kariong easily accounting for The Lakes whileTerrigal snuck home against the strong Ourimbah outfit. Kariong are at home and the oval at the top of the hill has become almost a fortress for them, as they have recorded some great wins at Kariong Oval this year, including wins over Woy Woy, Ourimbah and Avoca Beach. So the hometeam will not be easy. These two teams have both defeated Ourimbah in recent weeks soon all fronts this match will be an even tussle. Terrigal are still undefeated so this will be a huge test for them. Both teams have players right across the paddock who can defend and who can score points. Terrigal do have some good depth this year and that is a real bonus for them. Terrigal will want to maintain that undefeated record but they will know that there are teams such as Kariong who are most keen to inflict their first defeat on them this year. This will be a great game of rugby, and there should be a big crowd on hand at Kariong on Saturday to watch this enthralling encounter.

Another match which would normally have ‘Match of the Day’ status is the most important game at Ourimbah Rugby Park when the home side Ourimbah will meet Woy Woy. Both teams played very good rugby last week. Ourimbah, despite their loss to Terrigal, know they did some very good things and will take a lot from that result. Woy Woy also put it together with a big win over Hornsby. This is an important clash because both teams want to stay in touch with the two front teams in the competition, and especially for Woy Woy who would be most keen to get close to that Top FourThere is a huge amount to play for in this match, and both teams know it. Woy Woy have a good forward pack and the battle up front will be the key. Both teams also have the backs to score tries, but it will come down to the team which can secure that good ball up front who will get the win. This is a most interesting game of rugby.

Gosford travel to The Lakes and this game at Slade Park could be most interesting. Neither team has really set the world alight this year so both would be most keen to do so very soon. Gosford need to win this if they are to have any chance of semi-finals but time is quickly running out. The Lakes want to get their first win as soon as possible and they would see this clash as a chance to do that. The Lakes can score tries but they need to play for the full 80 minutes if they are to get a win. Gosford would be favoured to win this game but it may be much closer than many people think.

Hornsby return to their home park at Mark Taylor Oval when they take on Warnervale. Both teams are coming off a loss last week and both will be most keen to change that. Hornsby received a big defeat last week but are always that little bit stronger at home. Warnervale were also defeated by Avoca Beach and would be rueing that result. They will be most keen to get quickly back into the winner’s circle to cement their spot in the Top Four. Warnervale would be favoured to win this match but it is always tough at Waitara.

The Entrance will host Avoca Beach on Friday nightin thePresident’s Cup. This match will be a very even struggle and it will be hard fought for the entire 60 minutes.


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SATURDAY, 27th MAY, 2017

The top of the table clash between Terrigal and Ourimbah at The Haven Oval is the Match of the Day this coming Saturday. These two teams have been the form teams in the competition so far this year even though the Ourimbah team had a setback last week when they were defeated by Kariong, for their first loss of the season. Up until that match no team had troubled the Ourimbah team. This encounter on Saturday should be a beauty. Terrigal are yet to lose a match this year and are playing in such fine form. Except for the first match of the year, when they snuck home against Warnervale, Terrigal have not been troubled. Terrigal is at home which is a real plus but this situation has not worried Ourimbah in the past. Ourimbah however would be worried about how they started their match last Saturday, and they know they cannot afford such a start against Terrigal this Saturday. Both teams have match winners all over the paddock. Terrigal will rely heavily on a fit and very mobile forward pack, and a backline they can take advantage of all the good ball they receive. Players such as flanker Sam Kenny, hooker Ethan McInnes, five-eight Adam Dankert, centre Dylan Calabria and winger Dan Sargeant will lead from the front and set the pattern for their team all day. Ourimbah will rely heavily on forwards Tyler Jones and Josefa Biu to win that vital possession and take it forward, while their backline does have the pace out wide to cause problems for any team. This is probably the match of the season so far and will tell us a lot about the pecking order in the Premier 1 competition at this stage of the season.

Another very close match will the clash at Woongarah Oval, where the home team Warnervale will host Avoca Beach. Both teams are coming off very good wins last Saturday. This is a significant match. Warnervale know a win will cement their high position on the competition ladder while Avoca Beach, who are currently out of the Top Four, know a win is so vital if they are to rejoin the competition leaders. It was be a close game and will be tight on the scoreboard for the full 80 minutes. Warnervale are always that little bit stronger at home and that is a real benefit for them. They know they will have to play more structured rugby this Saturday compared to last week if they are to keep Avoca Beach at bay.

The battle of the lions will occur at Woy Woy Oval when Woy Woy meet Hornsby in what should prove an interesting game of rugby. Both teams lost their respective matches last week and both will be most keen to quickly get back into the winners circle. Woy Woy were very much in the match all the way last Saturday against Avoca Beach but simply could not get the win. But being at home this weekend is a different story. Woy Woy are stronger at home and they know a win is so crucial in terms of the competition ladder. Hornsby, despite their loss last week, can score tries, and their backline can really make a lot of breaks if they are able to secure enough good ball. This match will be close although with Woy Woy at home, the home side would be favoured to win.

The Lakes are at home to Kariong at Slade Park in what is another interesting game of rugby. The Lakes are coming off a break so should be freshened up and ready to go. However they meet a Kariong side that is taking all before them at the present moment. Kariong had a great win last week against Ourimbah so they are obviously in great form. Because of that result Kariong will go into this clash as favourites, but with The Lakes at home, the match should prove a quite even struggle for much of the 80 minutes. Kariong will know they have been in a game of rugby.

The Entrance travel to Gosford Showground to take on Gosford in the President’s Cup on Saturday. These two teams are placed near the top of the competition ladder in this grade at present and a win to either side should confirm a good spot on the competition ladder as the midway point of the season approaches.

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SATURDAY, 20th MAY, 2017

The Central Coast Rugby Union season continues this Saturday with most matches generally appearing to be quite even struggles.

The Match of the Day will be at Kariong Oval where the home side will host the high flying Ourimbah team. These two teams have been travelling quite well this year, especially Ourimbah who are yet to look like losing a match this year. They are talking all before them so far. Kariong have had some great results and a bye last Saturday will see them freshened up this weekend and ready to go. Kariong are at home and are proving quite difficult to defeat at the top of the mountain this year. This will prove an interesting clash and may be Ourimbah’s first tough test this year. Kariong have a solid forward pack, and on their day their backs can cause damage out wide. However Ourimbah are playing very good rugby and have strengths right across the paddock. Kariong will rely on players such as Phil Brown, Mitch Clay, Scott Hanley, and the Holwill brothers. Ourimbah will depend on Tyler Jones, Brett Cunningham, Rob Richardson and Josefa Biu to get their team in front on the scoreboard. Rugby is a team sport and the team that plays the more structured rugby on the day will break through for the win. Ourimbah will go into the match as quite firm favourites even tough Kariong are at home.

Avoca Beach are at home to Woy Woy at Heazlett Park and the home side will be desperate to hit some form and to get a win. Their big loss to Terrigal last Saturday would not have gone down well so plenty of work would have been put in this week at training to quickly get back on track. However they are meeting a team who struck some form last Saturday in their very good victory over Gosford. This is a most even battle and will go right down to the wire. Avoca Beach will rely heavily on their more experienced players to get them home. Woy Woy also contain a mixture of youth and experience this year but it will be their experienced players who will have to lead from the front on Saturday. Avoca Beach are at home and that is a distinct advantage for them. However this year Heazlett Park has not been the fortress they desire and they will be most keen to make it so on Saturday.

Warnervale travel to the Gosford Showground where they meet Gosford in what is a vital clash. Gosford have dropped through the field this year after a good start and if they are to threaten this competition this year they must win this encounter. However they meet Warnervale who are in good form. They are coming off an impressive win last Saturday against The Lakes and their good early season form has them placed near the top of the competition ladder. Warnervale have had one of their best starts to the season and would have high hopes of making the Finals this year. Gosford are at home which is in their favour however this match will be tightly fought from start to finish.

Hornsby are at home to Terrigal on Saturday at Mark Taylor Oval. Terrigal will go into this match as very firm favourites. Hornsby are that little bit tougher at home and will test Terrigal early on. Terrigal displayed such great form last weekend when they easily accounted for Avoca Beach and it is unlikely they will be troubled in this clash.

The Entrance will host The Lakes in the President’s Cup on Friday night at Joseph’s Banks Oval. This will be another tough struggle and it is very difficult to choose a winner. The Entrance are coming off a great win last Friday evening.

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