CCRU Preview Round 4

SATURDAY, 6th MAY, 2017

The Central Coast Rugby Union season restarts after the NSW Country Championships in Port Macquarie. The competition can now settle into a weekly competition until the Grand Final with the only break being the June Long Weekend.
There are several very interesting matches on hand. There are a couple of clashes which deserve Match of the Day status.

However the Match of the Day will be the clash at Heazlett Park where the home side Avoca Beach take on Ourimbah. Both teams are winners from a fortnight ago and both wins were most impressive. Ourimbah put in a resounding second half to defeated Gosford while Avoca Beach stormed home against Hornsby. Ourimbah have had two very big wins this season and will be most keen to keep that form going. However Avoca Beach at Heazlett Park will be a whole different matter. Avoca Beach are always that little bit stronger at home and will play out the full 80 minutes. These two teams provided quite a few players in the Central Coast representative team so much will depend how they came though that tough weekend of rugby up north. Avoca Beach have a team boasting considerable youth but also several very experienced players. Ourimbah have a good all round team and there are no obvious weaknesses in their squad. No.8 Josefa Biu has been outstanding this season and already has 9 tries to his name after just 2 matches. He will have to be stopped by the home side if they are going to prevent Ourimbah from gaining the win. However this is a team game and the team that plays the more structured rugby on the day will be the winner.

Another superb match will be the clash at The Haven between Terrigal and Gosford. Terrigal are coming off a huge win last outing against The Lakes while Gosford came back to earth after being defeated easily by Ourimbah. Gosford had a great start to the season with a win and a draw and will be most keen to get another win on Saturday. Both these teams had several players in the representative team last weekend so they will be hoping all are available. This is one of the traditional clashes on the Central Coast rugby calendar, and these two clubs do enjoy defeating the other. Terrigal will go into the clash as favourites as they are at home, and also because of their great form two weeks ago. It is an important game of rugby because it will tell us a lot about the prospects of both teams this year.

The Lakes are at home to Woy Woy at Slade Park, and once again the home team will be facing a team raring to go. Woy Woy have not played a match for quite a few weeks so will be most keen to get on the paddock and to play well. They need to get a win soon to keep in touch with the competition leaders so a win this Saturday is almost essential. The Lakes have had a tough start to the season with three losses and they will be hoping for a turnaround very soon, and hopefully this Saturday. Woy Woy will more than likely be the winner at Slade Park on Saturday, but The Lakes at home can cause problems.

Kariong will host Hornsby at Kariong Oval and the home team would be favoured to win. Kariong had two great wins to start the season but in their last game found the Warnervale team too strong on the day. Kariong will be most keen to get quickly back into the two neighbouring clubs have built up a certain rivalry since Hornsby entered the competition and they are both most keen to inflict defeat on each other. Hornsby have had a missed start to the season with some a win, some good performances, and some losses. It will be an interesting game of rugby at the top of the hill at Kariong.

The Entrance will travel to Woongarrah Oval to take on home side Warnervale in the President’s Cup and this match will be closely fought. This will be a dour battle from start to finish and it is very difficult to choose a winner.