CCRU Preview Round 3

SATURDAY, 22nd APRIL, 2017

James M Ryan Chartered Accountant

The Central Coast Rugby Union season restarts after the Easter break with several very enthralling matches on hand. There are a couple of clashes which deserve Match of the Day status.
One of these will be at Woongarrah Oval where Kariong will travel north to take on home side Warnervale. These two teams are coming off very good wins two weeks ago and both will be most keen to continue this winning streak. Both teams had very good starts in these clashes and were able to go on with it to achieve their respective victories. Both teams are having their best starts to a season in quite awhile and confidence is high in both camps. Warnervale are at home and this will be a huge plus for them. The only worrying aspect for them is how they were unable to post any points in the second half in their Last game, but their coaching staff would have worked on that during the Easter break. This match for Kariong will be their first away match so it will be interesting so see how they travel. Kariong have been most impressive in their past two matches, defeating Finalists from last year in Woy Woy and Avoca Beach. Kariong will rely heavily on their very effective forward pack, but also do have the backline to take advantage of any good supply of ball. Warnervale will enjoy being at home and this factor alone may be the only difference between these two teams on Saturday.

Another encounter that warrants Match of the Day status is the match at Ourimbah Rugby Park where Ourimbah will host Gosford. There is an intense rivalry between these two teams and they both enjoy gaining a victory over each other. Both teams are yet to lose a game this year so obviously one will face that possibility this Saturday. Gosford have had a draw with Avoca Beach in the first round and in their last clash were very good in their easy win over Hornsby. Ourimbah have only had the one match this year due to a bye and they were extremely good in that win over The Lakes. Ourimbah have strengthened this year with the return of several key players, and it seems they are set for a good year. They will rely on players such as Josefa Biu, Rob Richardson and Tyler Jones, but do have a good all round team. Gosford have had a pleasing start to the year but players such as Josh McGlynn, Josh Reid, and Hugo Pike will have to lead from the front if their team are to win this match. This will be an interesting game of rugby and should attract a good size crowd to Ourimbah Rugby Park.

Hornsby will play hosts to Avoca Beach at Mark Taylor Oval and both teams will be desperate for a victory. Both teams are coming off a loss in Round 2 so both will be most keen to get back on track with a win. Hornsby were most impressive at home in Round 1 and recorded a great win in that match but that bubble burst last week when they lost to Gosford. Avoca Beach also had a loss to Kariong in their last outing and will be keen to reverse that trend this coming Saturday. Hornsby are always that little bit stronger at home and will be prepared for this clash. Avoca Beach are yet to have a win this season and know that will have to do that soon. Avoca Beach will go into this match as favourites but Hornsby will make it difficult for them.

The Lakes travel to The Haven Oval where they will meet Terrigal. Terrigal will be most keen to get onto the paddock after two weeks rest and will go into the clash as clear favourites. Terrigal came from behind to win their only game of the season, and despite the closeness of the result in that match, they did show they will be a major force once again this year. They are the reigning Premiers and will be keen to retain that mantle this year. The Lakes have had a difficult start to the season with two losses. They will be hoping things will improve and will see this clash at Terrigal as a possible turning point.

The Entrance will travel to Woy Woy Oval to take on home side Woy Woy in the President’s Cup and this match will be closely fought. Based on what has happened in the first two rounds there is absolutely nothing between these two teams.