CCRU Preview Round 9

SATURDAY, 17th June, 2017

Central Coast Rugby Union resumes this weekend after the June Long Weekend General Bye, and all four Premier 1 matches are obviously important to show how the sides will finish the first half of the competition.

The Match of the Day will be played at Woongarrah Oval when second placed Warnervale take on fourth placed Ourimbah. Warnervale have only lost two very close games this year and will be keen to continue Ourimbah’s bad run of late. Ourimbah have not had a win since they played Hornsby in Round 5 and they will want to get back into the winners’ circle, not only to improve their team confidence, but to get a firmer grip on a Top Four spot. Warnervale have been the surprise package this year, with quite a few of their juniors returning to bolster the club’s playing depth, and they have certainly made an impact, claiming some great wins to place their club in a strong position at this point of the season. The return of Kevin McNamara, Josh Holman and Keanu Ashwell has given the club some quality rugby experience to win the big games. They know this Saturday is a big one they must win to continue to prove themselves in this competition. Ourimbah on the other hand, have not hit their straps completely this season, injuries and player absences are a concern but the Razorbacks need this win, and know they can do it if players like Tyler Jones & Josefa Biu make the impact we all know they can up front.

Another equally important match will be the clash between Woy Woy and Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval. Terrigal are yet to be defeated in 2017 but know they have another tough task ahead of them against a Woy Woy side which has been hot and cold this year. If Woy Woy put their best team on the paddock they will push Terrigal to the limits and being at home they will be confident of claiming a major scalp. Terrigal will look to their captain Sam Kenny to lead from the front and ensure his forward pack get good ball to their backs who have proven they can score tries from anywhere on the paddock. Once players such as Frankie Webber and Martin Wahbe get the ball, they are hard to stop. Most will assume Terrigal will get the win but Woy Woy will be doing all they can to prove this wrong.

Kariong will travel down the mountain to take on Gosford this Saturday at Gosford Rugby Field in Gosford Showground. A match between these two sides is never taken lightly and while Kariong are favourites, with their current second placed billing, Gosford do grow an extra leg when playing the Wanderers and will be quietly confident of winning an upset to give their season the boost it needs.

Avoca Beach will host The Lakes at Heazlett Park. The Lakes often struggle to travel in full strength to the beachside suburb, but if their First Fifteen do show up, The Lakes will give Avoca Beach a good run for their money. Avoca will need to be wary of this, but will also know that if they stick to their game plan they should be able to notch up an important win to keep in touch with the Top Four.

The Entrance will make the trip to Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday to play Hornsby in the President’s Cup fixture. Hornsby claimed their first President’s Cup win of the year in Round 8 and will be hoping to continue that form against a solid Rams outfit.