CCRU Preview Round 10

SATURDAY, 24th June, 2017

Central Coast Rugby Union moves into the second half of the competition this weekend and again there are some classic matches to keep the crowds entertained. All four Premier 1 fixtures will be close and it’s difficult to predict what will happen at any of the four grounds.

Kariong will again travel down the mountain, this time to take on fifth placed Woy Woy at Woy Woy Oval. Kariong hung onto their third place on the ladder, after a win over Gosford last weekend, and will be confident they have what it takes to claim another win and hold onto their top four spot, even leapfrog Ourimbah into second place, given Ourimbah have the Bye. Kariong had plenty of chances against Gosford but were unable to capitalise on them all and this Saturday they will hope that these chances won’t go begging. If number eight Blake Silvester has another strong game and has his forward pack well organised, the Kariong backs, through Mitch Clay and Ryan Wallbank, will have the ball they need to score the necessary points. Woy Woy on the other hand, will want a better start to what they had against Terrigal. They proved they can finish any match strongly, but last week were too far behind on the scoreboard for it to make an impact. If they kick off this weekend’s game well and don’t let Kariong score many early points, they will have a much better chance to be on top at the end of the eighty minutes.

Undefeated Terrigal will make the trip to Woongarrah Oval to play fourth placed Warnervale. In the first game of the season, Warnervale went very close to scoring a big upset over Terrigal, who managed to grab a late win that day over the Wildcats. This Saturday will see a game just as close as that one, in another hard to predict game of rugby. Terrigal will go into this game as favourites, but Warnervale will be disappointed with their result last weekend against Ourimbah and will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle straight away. Both sides will have their representative players back on the paddock so should be at full strength and this will give both teams the confidence they need to claim a win. Warnervale know that the teams below them on the ladder are closing in and if Warnervale lose, and either Woy Woy or Avoca Beach win on Saturday with a bonus point, Warnervale could be out of the Top Four and this is not what they want. Terrigal will of course be hoping to maintain their undefeated status but know not to take this Warnervale side lightly.

Gosford will host Avoca Beach at Gosford Rugby Field in another tough game in this round of rugby. These two teams played out a draw on April 1 this year and both won’t want that to happen again. Gosford thought they had a dream beginning to the competition in Round 1, when they led from the start over Avoca but a late try to the Sharks gave the teams a draw. Both teams are currently sitting outside the Top Four and know a win is necessary if they want to be pushing for Finals spot in a few months’ time. Gosford played well against Kariong last Saturday, but were unable to make use of having two extra players on the field for eight minutes of the second half, and will be ruing the options taken during this time, better decisions may have seen a different result on the day. Avoca Beach had a high scoring game against The Lakes last weekend and will want to continue that try scoring play into this Saturday. It’s unusual to see these two sides so far down the ladder at this time of the year and neither will be enjoying sitting where they are and know this match is crucial to push themselves up the ladder.

Hornsby make the trip to Slade Park this Saturday and will face a much improved The Lakes outfit. Hornsby was able to win easily over The Lakes in Round 1 but will run out against a very different side this weekend. Hornsby have had only the one win this year and may find the road trip to Budgewoi a tough ask as The Lakes at home are a tough opposition for any side and especially when they know this is their best chance to grab their first win of 2017. The Fijian recruits playing at The Lakes have definitely made their mark against oppositions in recent weeks and will again look to score plenty of tries. Hornsby will be looking to play a tight game in the forwards to avoid these great runners for The Lakes getting the ball, as we have seen in recent weeks that they can score from anywhere on the field.

The Entrance will host Ourimbah this Friday night at Joseph Banks Oval in the President’s Cup competition. The Entrance had a solid win on the road last Saturday but will face a talented Ourimbah side who will be looking to jump into top spot on the pointstable with a night-time win.