CCRU Round 8

SATURDAY, 3rd June, 2017

Terrigal 18
Mitch Hirst, Dave Crawford tries
Adam Danckert 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
Kariong 9
Scott Hanley 3 penalty goals

Woy Woy 26
Luke Meany 2, Matt Graham, Sam Soane tries
Luke Meany 3 conversions
Ourimbah 13
Keegan Evans, Matt King tries
Jarrod Grange penalty goal

Gosford 26
Joel Wagner, Sam Underwood, Shay Neist tries
Hugo Pike conversion, 2 penalty goals
Josh Reid penalty goal
The Lakes 23
Macui Raulini, Corey Douglass, Michael Ferry tries
Billy Moroney conversion, penalty goal
Corey Douglass penalty goal

Warnervale 31
Atunaisa Turagabeci 2, Scott Fitzpatrick 2, Mitch Riley tries
Mitchell Johnson 3 conversions
Hornsby 15
Mitch Fullager 2 tries;
Sam White conversion, penalty goal

Terrigal 32
Warnervale 25
Kariong 23
Ourimbah 22
Woy Woy 20
Avoca Beach 15
Gosford 12
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 2

Terrigal 33 Kariong 7
Ourimbah 14 Woy Woy 13
The Lakes 19 Gosford 17
Warnervale 22 Hornsby 14

Terrigal 91 Kariong 0
Ourimbah 43 Woy Woy 0
Gosford 34 The Lakes 7
Hornsby 10 Warnervale 5
Avoca Beach 26 The Entrance 17

Kariong 24 Terrigal 10
Avoca Beach 27 Woy Woy 19

Round 8 of Central Coast Rugby Union has seen the Terrigal Trojans jump to a 7 point lead in our competition ladder with a tough 18-9 win over Kariong. The Match of the Day at Kariong Oval was an arm wrestle from start to finish but it was Terrigal who was able to claim an important win. Kariong did get off to a great start and led 9-0 at half-time with three penalty goals to their halfback Scott Hanley. Kariong lost the game in the first half with poor execution as they saw multiple chances to score tries go begging. Terrigal kept themself in the game and were able to score a try just after half-time and once they eventually jumped in front, they never lost that lead and went on to win and maintain their undefeated status. The Number 8’s for both sides had very strong games with Sam Kenny showing his Trojans the way forward, while Phil Brown for Kariong was crucial to his team’s good performance.

Woy Woy caused a minor upset at Ourimbah Rugby Park when they scored 4 tries to 2 to beat Ourimbah 26-13. Most local rugby supporters had tipped Ourimbah to claim their first win in three rounds but it was not to be. Woy Woy were never troubled on the scoreboard, leading 14-8 at half-time. The Lions dominated the set pieces which allowed them to make good metres up the field and score some wonderful tries. Best for Woy Woy were forwards Sam Soane, Chris Hitch & Alifeleti Atiola while Jarrod Grange and Matt King both served Ourimbah well.

Gosford moved back into the winners’ circle with a 26-23 win over The Lakes. At half-time The Lakes were up by 17 points to 10 and they were feeling confident of claiming their first win in 2017. Poor discipline by the home side saw them playing short for periods of time during the game and Gosford were able to keep in touch on the scoreboard with penalty goals from these infringements. The score see-sawed throughout the second half and The Lakes had a 23-21 lead with 10 minutes to go, but a try to Gosford with 5 minutes to go gave them a win they were desperate for. Both halfbacks had strong games, Sam Underwood had his Red Devils well organised all over the paddock while Billy Moroney kept his team on the go forward.

At Mark Taylor Oval, a bonus point win to Warnervale moved them into second spot on the points table. The Wildcats beat Hornsby 31 points to 15. Warnervale were the best team on the day and controlled all facets of play. The visitors led 19-10 at half-time so Hornsby had high hopes of a win but Warnervale were able to take control and score tries through their ever improving backline. Haydon Smith had a great game for the Wildcats while Ed Mills in Hornsby’s second row was everywhere.

On Friday night, Avoca Beach won a tough President’s Cup fixture, 26-17, over The Entrance at Joseph Banks Oval. Avoca led throughout but the Rams kept scoring to keep the visitors under pressure.