CCRU Preview Round 17



The penultimate round of Central Coast Rugby Union sees the Final Four still undecided. Matches this coming Saturday may sort this out but more than likely the make-up of the Finals Series will not be decided until the final round next weekend.

The Match of the Round sees Terrigal at home to Kariong at The Haven Oval. Both teams were victors last Saturday. Kariong had a massive win over The Lakes, while Terrigal just got home to defeat Ourimbah in a close one. Terrigal will be primed for this encounter. They are at home and are coming of a very tough encounter last Saturday. Kariong on the other hand have had a bye and a very easy win over the last two weeks so probably do need a very hard work out. Terrigal will go into this clash as favourites. The home ground advantage and their current undefeated record certainly weigh heavily in their favour. However Kariong will be keen to win for two reasons. They know they have teams just behind them on the competition ladder, and also they know a win may give them a chance to get into the Major Semi-final. This would be a huge plus as it gives the team two bites of the apple. So they have so much to play for on Saturday. Both teams are very well balanced, with strong forward packs and speedy backlines. Both teams also have a combination of youth and experience. Terrigal were obviously first round winners in this clash and it would appear they will do it again this round. However the pressure is now mounting and both teams can see the Finals and possible Premiership hopes. It all makes for an exciting game of rugby this weekend.

An equally significant game of rugby in terms of the Finals race is the match at Woy Woy Oval between Woy Woy and Ourimbah. Ourimbah are assured of a Finals spot but not necessarily of a Major Semi-final position. For that reason they know they need to win. Woy Woy of course also need to win. They have two teams just behind them on the ladder and a loss would be dangerous. They also know they have a tough match the following week against Terrigal. So like the Match of the Day described above, there is so much at stake. Woy Woy are coming off a very tight and hard fought win last week. They will need to improve on that performance if they are to overcome the Ourimbah team. Ourimbah are coming off a loss, even though a very close one, and they will want to very quickly get back into the winner’s circle. Both teams feature very quick backlines and this should allow for a most exciting game of rugby. However for these backlines to function they will need a good and effective supply of ball, so which ever pack of forwards can get on top, this will allow their respective team to get on top. This will be another very interesting game of rugby on Saturday.

Warnervale will host Hornsby at Woongarrah Oval on Saturday. This is another must win game for Warnervale. They played extremely well last Saturday to defeat Avoca Beach and they must take this same form into this match to enable them to get another victory. If Warnervale can get a win on Saturday, and possibly a bonus point, they are still very much within reach of a Finals Series spot. They do however meet a Hornsby team who were very unlucky to be defeated by Woy Woy Woy last Saturday. Hornsby are playing very good rugby at present and have caused problems for many opposition teams all season. This is their last match of the season as they have the bye next weekend, so they will be most keen to finish the season on a high note. This is an important clash and one where the result will be sought with interest.

Gosford and The Lakes meet at Gosford Showground in a match that should see the home team gain victory. The Lakes really did struggle last week and were never in the hunt against Kariong. However, if they can get some of their players back, they should make a far better effort this weekend. Gosford are coming off a bye so should be raring to go. They will keen to finish the season this week and next week with two victories in what had been a disappointing season for them on the scoreboard. This match could prove closer than many people think but Gosford will go into the match as favourites.

The Entrance travel to Heazlett Park this Saturday and they know they must defeat Avoca Beach if they are to make the Finals. It should prove a very even struggle.