CCRU Preview Round 12

SATURDAY, 8th July, 2017

In the Match of the Day this Saturday, Kariong will host Warnervale in a vital clash in terms of the competition ladder. Both Terrigal and Ourimbah are above Kariong on the ladder and have games this weekend they should win, so Kariong know they must win here to keep in touch with the top two sides, or be one of the top two sides. Warnervale have had three losses in a row now, and need a win to get back into the Top Four. Each week, the teams behind them are getting closer and closer and with Avoca Beach also having a game they should win this Saturday, Warnervale need this win to stay in touch with the Finals positions. Warnervale won this clash in the first half of the season but both sides have changed their structure since then and know that match is not a good indication of how this Saturday could go. Kariong last weekend was able to hold out a strong finishing Avoca side and will need that defence to carry on to this weekend, while Warnervale will be looking forward to the return of their representative players to bolster their chances. This game is impossible to predict and a good crowd will be on hand to cheer their sides home.

At Gosford Rugby Field, the annual Thomson-Brown Shield will be played for when Gosford host Ourimbah. It’s unusual for this match to not have ‘match of the round’ status, but this year it is second versus seventh in a match Ourimbah should dominate and win back the shield they lost in 2016. Gosford had a good win last weekend but will need to play a lot better this weekend to have any chance against an Ourimbah side who is starting to hit good form in the lead up to the Finals. The Red Devils always lift for this match, as the rivalry between these two sides makes positions on the ladder irrelevant, they both enjoy defeating one another so much, and will give it their all to have bragging rights for another year.

Hornsby will travel to Heazlett Park to take on Avoca Beach with the Lions playing for pride against the home side desperate to make the Finals. Avoca Beach couldn’t get the final piece of the puzzle last weekend and lost to Kariong and know they must get back in the winner’s circle straight away to have any chance of jumping up into the Top Four. Hornsby lost at home to Gosford last weekend and if they can get their best team on the bus to Heazlett, they will give Avoca a shake, but the Lions probably won’t have enough fire power to stop a Sharks win.

Terrigal travel to Slade Park to play The Lakes after coming off the Bye last weekend. The Trojans will be fresh and ready to take on The Lakes who put up a good fight in their loss to Ourimbah in Round 11. Terrigal will see this match as a good start to their run into the Finals, they know they can’t take The Lakes lightly but also know they will win if they play to the best of their ability. The Lakes will give everything to be the first team to knock off Terrigal this year but in reality, that prospect seems unlikely.

The Entrance will play Woy Woy at Joseph Banks Oval this Saturday in their President’s Cup fixture. The Rams had a gutsy win over Terrigal last weekend to give their Finals chances some hope and are meeting a Woy Woy side who are only one spot above them on the points ladder. Both sides know a win in this match is so important to their Finals chances.