CCRU Preview Round 11

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 1st July, 2017
ROUND 11

We also wish our representative players all the best with they play for NSW Country against QLD Country at Ernie Calland Field, Gateshead on Saturday night (Details HERE). Ethan McInnes (Terrigal), Kevin McNamara (Warnervale) & Rob Richardson (Ourimbah) will be in the senior side, while Michael Hobden (Avoca Beach), Vaughn Kernan (Terrigal) & Lachlan Peruch (Kariong) will play for the NSW Country Colts. We pass on our congratulations to them all and wish them the best of luck.

In the Match of the Day this Saturday, Warnervale travel to Woy Woy Oval to play Woy Woy in a match that will go a long way to getting one of these teams further up into the Top Four. Woy Woy had a close win last weekend against a tough Kariong opposition, while Warnervale have had two losses in a row in recent weeks against Terrigal and Ourimbah. Warnervale will want to show the competition that their bubble has not burst and that they are still a threat to this year’s Finals positions. They have played two teams higher than them on the ladder for two losses and, while they weren’t at their best against Ourimbah, they certainly put in a good effort against Terrigal and should be confident of getting back into the winner’s circle when they take on an inconsistent Woy Woy side. Warnervale will be without their representative prop Kevin McNamara and will miss his leadership up front but they should have enough depth and experience to cover his absence. Woy Woy will want to improve on their performance against Kariong if they are to be in this contest, they will no doubt work on their set pieces at training this week to ensure that when their flanker Chris Hitch provides them with turnover ball, as he so often does, they are able to capitalise. This did not happen against Kariong but if they can do it this weekend, they will be tough for Warnervale to compete against. It will be a close match and its importance will add to the tension on Saturday afternoon.

Kariong will make the trip to Heazlett Park to take on Avoca Beach this Saturday. It is another must win game for the home side who are currently sitting in sixth spot and know a win here could push them up into the Top Four for the first time this year. Avoca did what they needed to against Gosford last Saturday and, while it wasn’t their best game, they secured four competition points and have started to get some momentum, having won their last four games. Being at home is also a factor for the Sharks who are always tough to beat at Heazlett. Kariong did not play well against Woy Woy, they gave away too much ball and did not get any go forward from their set pieces. They will look to change that this weekend and will be giving their all to hold onto their top two spot on the competition ladder. Kariong should be favourites given they are currently second, but it would not be a surprise if Avoca Beach claim this win.

Hornsby will host Gosford at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday. The Red Devils are coming off a very close loss to Avoca last weekend and know they must secure this win to have any chance of competing for a Finals position. Hornsby slipped down to last place after their loss to The Lakes last weekend and will want to get away from that spot as soon as possible.

Ourimbah will play The Lakes at Ourimbah Rugby Park. The Lakes will be on a high following their first win of the season last weekend, but come up against a Razorbacks side who appear to be hitting their straps at the right end of the season. Ourimbah should be too strong, but you never do what The Lakes will bring to the field and it should be a high scoring game of rugby.

Terrigal will play The Entrance in the President’s Cup fixture at The Haven. The Entrance went down to Ourimbah last Friday night and know a win here would be very helpful to elevate them up the ladder of this competition.