CCRU Preview Round 16



Central Coast Rugby Union is now coming down to the heady end of the season where teams are contesting to make the Finals in what is proving a closely fought battle.

The Match of the Day is between two teams who are already assured of a Finals spot but really do want to make sure they get into the Major Semi-final. These two teams are first placed Terrigal and the second placed Ourimbah. The clash at Ourimbah Rugby Park will tell us a lot about the respective chances of both these two teams in the upcoming Finals Series. Terrigal will be Minor Premiers this year but they will be most keen to maintain that undefeated record. The match on Saturday will be their sternest test this season. This is because Ourimbah are playing well, they are getting the necessary wins, and they are at home. All these factors will make this a truly classic game of rugby. In reality both teams probably have not that much to lose with a loss except the fact that it involves bragging rights and also to get that confidence and momentum leading into the Finals. Both teams are coming of a series of wins. Terrigal will go into this match as favourites. They are unbeaten this season and really have played the most consistent rugby of all the teams this year. However Ourimbah are coming good at the right time of the season. It will be a tough battle in the forwards and whoever gets on top there will go a long way towards winning. Terrigal will try to keep it in the forwards because much of their strength is there. The battle of the halfbacks will also be so important. Ourimbah’s Matt King and Terrigal’s Sekope Maea have been the two form No.9’s in this competition this year and have been so important in their respective team’s successes this year. Ourimbah have a very speedy backline, but then so do Terrigal, so in many ways the two backlines may cancel each other out. This will be a wonderful game of rugby and be hard fought right to the very end of the 80 minutes.

The other very important match is at Heazlett Park between Avoca Beach and Warnervale. This match is so significant in terms of the Final Four. Both these two teams are in exactly the same situation. Both need to win to enable them to maintain contact with current Top Four, while a loss would end their chances for the Finals this year. Even with a win, each team still may not make the Finals but they both need the win to get themselves a chance. This will be a tough game of rugby. Both teams are coming off excellent wins last Saturday. Avoca Beach played some of their best rugby of the year to defeat Woy Woy, while Warnervale certainly hit form with a huge win over Gosford. So both teams will go into the clash with heaps of confidence. It will be close. There is just so much to play for. The only difference between the two teams may be the home ground advantage to Avoca Beach, but we will all have to wait and see what happens this weekend.

Kariong and Woy Woy, who are both currently placed in the Top Four, should win their respective matches on Saturday. They know they must win because if they do not they will have either Avoca Beach or Warnervale very close behind them with only two rounds to play. Both teams have so much to play for and that should be sufficient to get them the win. Woy Woy travel to Hornsby and the battle of the Lions at Mark Taylor Oval should prove most interesting. Hornsby are always that little bit stronger at home. This is their last game at home this season and they may have kept something special for this match and they may surprise Woy Woy. Hornsby have troubled most teams early on this year but they will need to do that for the full 80 minutes if they are to cause an upset. Woy Woy had a great second half last week, and despite their loss in that match, they know they can do better. Kariong are in the same boat as Woy Woy. Kariong are at home to The Lakes at Kariong Oval and should secure the necessary win. The Lakes are coming off a bye so should be freshened up for this clash. However Kariong have so much to play for. Kariong know they must win to maintain their spot in the Top Four as they have two tough matches in their final rounds.

The Entrance are at home to Gosford this Saturday and the clash at Joseph Banks Oval is such an important match between two of the most competitive teams in this competition.