CCRU Preview Round 15

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 29th July, 2017
ROUND 15

The round of rugby this coming Saturday will go a long way towards sorting out the Final Four for this year. There are some very important match ups and the results may make it clearer in terms of the Finals. On the other hand, if there are some upsets, the race to the Finals may become all the more congested. It all makes for a very interesting round of matches.

The Match of the Day will be at Ourimbah Rugby Park where Ourimbah will take on Kariong. These two teams are placed second and third respectively so there is obviously much at stake in this clash. Both teams would like to be in the Major Semi-final, but on the other hand they also know there are teams close behind who may take their spot on the ladder if they lose. Both teams are last start winners, having both defeated Hornsby in their last encounter. Kariong are coming off a bye last week so they will be fit and ready to go. Ourimbah, after a slow start last week, roared home to get a good win. However both teams will have to be at their best if they are going to win this one. The two teams are very evenly matched right across the paddock. Both teams will try to play that structured rugby that is required, and to play it for the entire 80 minutes. Both teams have very solid forward packs, but if anything Ourimbah may have the edge in speed out wide. Whatever occurs it will all come down to commitment for the entire match. There is so much to play for and both teams know it. Ourimbah is at home which is an advantage, and that maybe the only difference between the two teams.

Another match which is equally important is the clash at Woy Woy Oval between Woy Woy and Avoca Beach. Both teams need to win this. Woy Woy are in fourth spot and a win here would cement that and more than likely make their Finals spot a reality. A loss on the other hand would make things quite difficult. Avoca Beach have no choice. They must win this match and all their remanning matches this season if they are to make the semi-finals. Avoca Beach are a couple of wins away from Woy Woy on the competition ladder and they know if they can win this, they will be that one little step closer. If anything, this match, in terms of the Final Four, is more significant than the match described above. Woy Woy are coming off a good win against Gosford last week but they will now realise they must play for the entire 80 minutes. Lat week they had the win all secure against Gosford but they allowed Gosford to get back in to the match. Avoca Beach played quite well last week but their loss to Terrigal has made their situation difficult.

Warnervale will host Gosford at Woongarrah Oval in another must win match for the home side. Warnervale played well last week and secured a very good victory but they know they have to keep doing that if they are to make the semi-finals. Gosford have been troubling all teams recently but have not been able to get the wins. Warnervale are at home which is a real plus for them and they would go into this clash as slight favourites. Warnervale are so close to making the Finals but they must keep wining and they must win this encounter. Both teams have been hit with injuries and a lot will depend on what players take the field. Gosford have nothing to lose and this is always a worry for any opposition team. This could prove quite an exciting game of rugby.

Terrigal will meet Hornsby at The Haven Oval on Saturday. Terrigal will be hot favourites to win this match and to keep their undefeated record this season in tact. They should also keep hold of the Challenge Shield which they have held at home all season. Hornsby however have troubled teams but mainly in the first half. They have led both Avoca Beach and Ourimbah in their matches recently at halftime but have been unable to go on with it. Hornsby will be competitive but they are meeting the form team of the competition and they will find things difficult.

The Entrance travel to Slade Park this Saturday to play The Lakes in their President’s Cup fixture. The Rams will be aiming for another win.