CCRU Preview Round 2


The second round of Central Coast Rugby Union sees another series of interesting clashes. The Match of the Day will be at Kariong Oval where Kariong will host Avoca Beach. These two teams had good results last week, with Kariong coming from behind to defeat Woy Woy while Avoca Beach snatched a draw against Gosford in the dying stages of their encounter. Both teams displayed patches of good form but both teams know they have plenty of areas to work on. It took Kariong quite awhile to get into gear last week and they will be keen this Saturday to avoid a similar slow start. Kariong will rely heavily on a solid forward pack to lay the foundation for a victory. Their forwards will be led up front by Corey Holwill and Phil Brown, but they will not be able to do all the work. They do have several players in the backline with pace and size and can take advantage of any good ball supplied to them. Coach Chris Downie was please with Kariong’s efforts last week, but will be seeking more from his players this Saturday. Avoca Beach have several young players in their team this year, but will still rely on experienced players such as Julian Bacigalupo, Bradd Sheridan and Josh Meadham to lead from the front. This will be a very close game of rugby and both teams will be even stronger this week after their run last Saturday. It is a difficult game in which to choose a winner and maybe home ground advantage may be the only difference.

Another very close tussle will be the match at Woongarrah Oval between the home side Warnervale and the visitors Woy Woy. Both teams lost last week but got so close. Both teams led their respective matches well into the second half but both faded late in the match. Both teams will be most keen to avoid that happening this week. Warnervale played very well last week and it seemed they were going to defeat the current premiers Terrigal, and Woy Woy also played well in the first half last week but let things slip in the second stanza. This match, like the one described above, is a most difficult one in which to choose the victor. Once again, maybe home ground advantage will be the only difference.

Gosford are at home to Hornsby at Gosford Showground. The ground will be wet there and this will make for a very even clash. Gosford felt a little unlucky to not get the win last week but will be keen to up the temper against Hornsby this Saturday. Hornsby had a wonderful first up win last Saturday, and will be most keen to continue that winning way this week. Gosford will go into the match as favourites. This is because they are at home and because they displayed enough form last week to show they will be a danger to most teams this year. However the Hornsby players will be there and about for the entire 80 minutes. This will prove an interesting matchup.

The Lakes are at home to Ourimbah at Slade Park and they will be hoping that their first home game on Saturday will bring them better luck this week. They played well in patches last Saturday but they did suffer a loss. This week they are at home and they usually do perform much better at home. They are meeting Ourimbah and this will be the visitor’s first outing of the year and they may not yet have all their combinations fully switched on. However Ourimbah should be favourites this week based on their efforts last year but this is this year and The Lakes will be hoping to get their first win of the season.

The Entrance will host Terrigal in the President’s Cup and this match will be at Joseph Banks Oval on Friday night at 7.30 pm. The Entrance went down in a tight match last week and they will be keen to reverse that this weekend. Terrigal are coming off a win and should be strong.