CCRU Preview Round 5

SATURDAY, 13th MAY, 2017

The Central Coast Rugby Union season continues this Saturday with some classic encounters. The Match of the Day sees the seaside derby between Terrigal and Avoca Beach at The Haven Oval. This is probably the biggest game of the season on the Coast and whatever the form of the respective teams as they enter this clash, this all becomes very irrelevant. On paper Terrigal would be very firm favourites to win this clash. They have won all their matches this season, they are playing very good rugby, they are the current Premiers, and they are at home. However this all becomes quite meaningless as these two teams are so desperate to defeat each other. Avoca Beach love nothing better than to defeat Terrigal at their home paddock. Both teams have many local representative players and their respective teams will rely heavily on these players. For Terrigal, hooker Ethan McInnes, lock Joe Taylor, and forward Dan Hilton are keys, but Terrigal have so much depth and this does almost make them impenetrable at home. Avoca Beach will rely heavily on Matt Anderson in the backs, but also on Emile Thomas and Brad Sheridan in the forwards but more importantly they will need their younger players to rise to the occasion and lead from the front. Avoca Beach have only had the one win this year and will be most keen to get that second one, especially this Saturday. This will be a great game of rugby, and will attract a massive crowd.

Another fiercely fought match will be the the battle at Woy Woy Oval between Woy Woy and Gosford. There is always an intense rivalry between these two teams and both really do enjoy defeating the other. This is Woy Woy’s first full club round at home and they will enjoy that and they will be keen to get some good victories before what should prove a big local crowd. Both teams have struggled this season with a big win each, but also some not so impressive losses. This is almost a turning point for these two teams. They both need to get this win. Woy Woy were most impressive last week against The Lakes, while Gosford found things very tough against Terrigal. This match will be a far more evenly fought encounter for these two teams and the result will go right down to the wire.

Ourimbah will go into their clash with Hornsby at Ourimbah Rugby Park as very firm favourites. Ourimbah are proving one of three form teams of the season so far and are taking all before them. They have had a bye and three most impressive and quite big wins. Many would feel the same applies this Saturday. Hornsby are competitive but are finding it most difficult to get the results they desire. Both teams have good numbers in all grades and there will be plenty of action from start to finish at Ourimbah on Saturday.

The remaining game of rugby is the local derby at Slade Park between The Lakes and Warnervale. These two teams have had differing starts to their seasons – Warnervale have had one of their best starts while The Lakes are yet to get their first win. But if anything can raise the will of The Lakes team is the possibility of defeating Warnervale and placing a little pin in their early season bubble. However Warnervale will go into the game as quite firm favourites.

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