CCRU Preview Round 8

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.