CCRU Round 5

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 13th MAY, 2017
ROUND 5

PREMIER 1
Terrigal 49 Dylan Calabria 2, Ethan McInnes 2, Ryan Metcalfe, Josh Vainikolo, Martin Wahbe tries;
Adam Danckert 7 conversions
defeated
Avoca Beach 0

Woy Woy 35 Blake Arahill 2, Eperama Tuka, Sam Soane, Nick Garnett tries;
Alex Moore 3 conversions;
Luke Meany 2 conversions
defeated
Gosford 17 Adam Howe 2, Drew Neist tries;
Hugo Pike 1 conversion

Ourimbah 40 Brett Cunningham 2, Rob Richardson 2, Nathan Gray 2 tries;
Ryan Fenning 5 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 8 Mitch Fullager try;
Sam White 1 penalty goal

Warnervale 29 Atunailse Turagebeci 2, Tevita Moala, Mark Fittler tries;
Cameron McNamara 3 penalty goals
defeated
The Lakes 10 Pene Raulini 2 tries

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Ourimbah 20
Terrigal 19
Warnervale 15
Kariong 14
Woy Woy 10
Avoca Beach 7
Gosford 7
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 1

PREMIER 2
Avoca Beach 22 Terrigal 12
Woy Woy 32 Gosford 14
Ourimbah 54 Hornsby 0
The Lakes 17 Warnervale 15

PRESIDENTS CUP
Terrigal 23 Avoca Beach 3
Gosford 31 Woy Woy 7
Ourimbah 86 Hornsby 0
The Lakes 30 Warnervale 6
The Entrance 33 Kariong 5

COLTS
Avoca Beach 7 Terrigal 0
Kariong 20 Woy Woy 0

REPORT :
The 2017 Central Coast Rugby season continued on today with some very interesting games of rugby. The 2017 local rugby season is developing and no clear pattern has developed yet in terms of the competition ladder.

The Match of the Day at The Haven Oval was won by Terrigal by 49 points to 0 in what proved a totally dominant performance. They led from the very start and the Avoca Beach team simply had no answers to the onslaught. Terrigal led by 21 points to nil at the halftime break and they were able to go on and double their points tally in the second 40 minutes. Best for Terrigal were hooker Ethan McInnes, who was outstanding, flanker Ryan Metcalfe and Josh Vainikolo. Best players for Avoca Beach were Blake Jacob, Chad Martin, and Pat Wheatley who all never stopped trying. The win sees Terrigal maintain their undefeated record and are stamping themselves as one of the teams to defeat in 2017.

Woy Woy were able to do enough to defeat Gosford at Woy Woy Oval by 35 points to 17. The match started out as a relatively even affair and both teams would have held high hopes of securing the win. But two intercept tries to Woy Woy, and a couple more later, certainly placed the home side in the box seat. Woy Woy led by 21 points to nil at the halftime break. The second half was a much more even affair on the scoreboard but the damage had been done. Best for Woy Woy were Blake Arahill, who scored 2 tries, and Luke Meany. Adam Howe was also good for Gosford and he crossed for 2 individual tries.

Warnervale gained a gritty win over The Lakes at Slade Park, and ran out winners by 29 points to 10. It was only 11 points to 5 to Warnervale at the break and when The Lakes scored early in the second half, and with score then at 11-10, it seemed it was going to be a battle royal. However Warnervale settled to the task and were able to control proceedings in the latter period of the match. Best for Warnervale were Cameron McNamara, Mitchell Riley and Matt Willmott. The Lakes were quite impressive despite the loss and were best served by Pene Raulini who crossed for 2 tries.

Ourimbah continued their great form this season with a storming win over Hornsby at Ourimbah Rugby Park, winning by 40 points to 8. It was a comfortable win for the undefeated home side but they did not have it all their own way. Ourimbah led by 21 points to 3 at the halftime break and had the win secured but Hornsby never gave in and fought it out to the very end. Best for Ourimbah were Tyler Jones and Keegan Evans, while Sam White was impressive for the visitors.

In the President’s Cup, The Entrance recorded a most heartening win over Kariong at Joseph Banks Oval by 33 points to 5. The home side are certainly travelling well and the future does look good for them.

CCRU Round 4

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 6th MAY, 2017
ROUND 4

PREMIER 1
Ourimbah 29
Tyler Jones, Oliver Dark, Caleb Pritchard, Jaydn Pearson tries;
Jarrod Grange 2 conversions;
Rob Richardson 1 conversion, penalty goal
defeated
Avoca Beach 10
Nathan Brown try;
Nathan Brown conversion;
Conner Kondrat penalty goal


Terrigal 43
Frankie Webber 3, Ethan McInnes 2, Mitch Hirst, Dylan Calabria tries;
Adam Danckert 4 conversions
defeated
Gosford 8
Mitch Cornwell try;
Hugo Pike 1 penalty goal


Kariong 36
Rob Brown, Lachlan Peruch, Phil Brown, Steve McGrath, Yulari Smith-Symes, Jake Holwill tries;
Scott Hanley 3 conversions
defeated
Hornsby 13
Harry Fox try;
Sam White 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals


Woy Woy 42
Alifeleti Atiola, Luke Meany, Zac Stride, Fokolulu Taumalolo, Blake Arahill, Alex Moore tries;
Alex Moore 6 conversions
defeated
The Lakes 24
Michael Ferry, Wiremu Pirini, Aliesi Cama, Maciu Rauluni tries;
Aliesi Cama 2 conversions

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Ourimbah 15
Kariong 14
Terrigal 14
Warnervale 10
Avoca Beach 7
Gosford 7
Hornsby 5
Woy Woy 5
The Lakes 1

PREMIER 2
Avoca Beach 19 Ourimbah 3
Terrigal 44 Gosford 19
Kariong 24 Hornsby 8
The Lakes 36 Woy Woy 12

PRESIDENTS CUP
Ourimbah 36 Avoca Beach 35
Gosford 27 Terrigal 5
Kariong 29 Hornsby 7
Woy Woy 10 The Lakes 7
The Entrance 41 Warnervale 5

COLTS
Kariong 15 Avoca Beach 12
Woy Woy 12 Terrigal 10

REPORT :

The 2017 Central Coast Rugby season got back into the swing of things this weekend with some high scoring games of rugby.

The Match of the day at Heazlett Park was won by Ourimbah, 29 point to 10, over the home side, Avoca Beach. Avoca Beach started the match well and scored an early try to go up 7-0 but this was the only time they were ahead on the scoreboard. Once they settled into their rhythm Ourimbah scored five tries, all of which came about from the pace of their outside backs. It was these players, Jaydn Pearson, Caleb Pritchard and Oliver Dark, who were the difference between the two sides. The forward packs were evenly matched with Avoca dominating most scrums, but they did not have an answer when Ourimbah got the ball to their speedy backs. By half-time Ourimbah had hit the lead by 8 points to 7 and they were never troubled on the scoreboard in the second half. Avoca made too many mistakes and each time Ourimbah capitalised on these errors, gaining needed field position and posting points. The Jacob connection, Mitch and Blake, both had strong games for Avoca Beach but it was Ourimbah who claimed the bonus point win to jump to the top of the CCRU Pointstable.

At The Haven, Terrigal were far too good for Gosford, claiming a 43 points to 8 win. Terrigal scored seven tries to one which clearly shows they were the better team on the paddock. Frankie Webber ran in three tries from fullback and the centre pairing of Mitch Hirst and Dylan Calabria were solid in both attack and defence for the home side. The first half was a quite even struggle with the home side only going to the halftime break leading by 12 points to 3. At that stage it seemed the match was still up for grabs. However things all went Terrigal’s way in the second half. For Gosford, Mitch Cornwell had his usual strong game scoring a second half try for his side.

Woy Woy claimed their first win of the season, defeating The Lakes 42 points to 24 at Slade Park. The visitors were able to cross for six tries to four in their victory, and they were up by 28 points to 12 at halftime. They continued their try scoring in the second half. The Lakes certainly gave it their all, scoring four tries to keep the scores close, only down 35-24 late in the second half but a late try to Woy Woy sealed their win. Best for the home side was flanker Wiremu Pirini while forwards Matt Graham and Blake Arahill both had great games for the visitors.

Kariong moved into second place on the ladder with a convincing 36 points to 13 win over Hornsby at Kariong Oval. Justin Walker at hooker and flanker Lachlan Peruch both had a great game for the home side, while prop Angus McQueen was strong for Hornsby. Kariong were always in control of the match, up 24 points to 13 as the match went into half-time and finished strongly to claim a bonus point win.

In the President’s Cup, The Entrance travelled to Woongarrah Sports Field and were able to post a big win over Warnervale by 41 points to 5.

CCRU Round 3

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 22nd APRIL, 2017
ROUND 3

PREMIER 1
Warnervale 20 Brenton Acreman, Atunailse Turagebeci tries;
Cameron McNamara 2 conversions,
2 penalty goals
defeated
Kariong 7 Yulari Smith-Symes try;
Scott Hanley 1 conversion

Ourimbah 41 Josefa Biu 4, Oliver Dark, Rob Richardson tries;
Rob Richardson 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Gosford 7 Sam Underwood try;
Hugo Pike 1 conversion

Avoca Beach 64 Pat Wheatley 3, Elliott Dawkins 2, Luke Sheridan 2, Brad Sheridan, Mitch Jacob, Nathan Brown tries;
Nathan Brown 6 conversions;
Blake Jacob 1 conversion
defeated
Hornsby 0


Terrigal 75 Adam Dankert 2, Dylan Calabria 2, Liam Caulfield, Ethan McInnes, Dan Sargeant, Frankie Webber, Josh Cotter, Rob Seltzer, Penalty Try;
Adam Danckert 9 conversions

defeated
The Lakes 8 Maciu Rauluni try;
Iliesa Cama 1penalty goal

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Warnervale 10
Ourimbah 10
Kariong 9
Terrigal 9
Avoca Beach 7
Gosford 7
Hornsby 5
The Lakes 0
Woy Woy 0

PREMIER 2
Warnervale 24 Kariong 17
Gosford 26 Ourimbah 12
Avoca Beach 29 Hornsby 7
Terrigal 69 The Lakes 7

PRESIDENTS CUP
Warnervale 26 Kariong 14
Gosford 14 Ourimbah 10
Avoca Beach 69 Hornsby 0
The Lakes 24 Terrigal 10
Woy Woy 13 The Entrance 12

COLTS
Avoca Beach 39 Kariong 12
Kariong 20 Warnervale 0

REPORT :

The 2017 Central Coast Rugby season continued this weekend with most matches resulting in quite dominant results. However the Match of the Day at Woongarrah Oval was a reasonably tight encounter for much of the match. Warnervale was able to defeat Kariong by 20 points to 7. Warnervale were able to score 2 tries to one in the match and this fact alone demonstrates the closeness of the contest. Kariong had periods of dominance and used their backline well. However the Warnervale forward pack were up to the task and were able to play some very good rugby to allow the home side to control the ruck and maul situation. Warnervale had several very good players in the match but none were better than flanker Cameron McNamara. He was everywhere in attack and defence and his goal kicking allowed his team to get ahead on the scoreboard. Halfback Brenton Acreman scored a good try and was able to supply good ball to his support players. Kariong were best served by prop Richard Harvey, flanker Lachlan Peruch and centre Steve McGrath. The result shows that both these teams will go well this year, however the win to Warnervale sees them very well placed at the top of the competition ladder.

Ourimbah stormed home to defeat Gosford by 41 points to 7 at Ourimbah Rugby Park. The first half was a quite even struggle with both teams having their chances of gaining the ascendancy. Gosford did open the scoring with a converted try to Sam Underwood but that was the end of their scoring feats. Ourimbah took the lead in the first half and they went to the break leading by 13 points to 7. The second half was all Ourimbah. They went on to score 6 tries to one in the match. The feature of the match was the try scoring of their lock Joesefa Biu who scored 4 tries in this match and he proved almost unstoppable. This performance follows his 5 tries he scored in their last match. He was definitely the player of the match. He was very well supported by Rob Richardson, Oliver Dark and Caleb Pritchard. Gosford started well but simply could not maintain this success. They would be most disappointed with result. Best players for the visitors were flanker Luke Brown and Hugo Pike, while winger Tomson Fawkner played well. The win sees Ourimbah with two wins from 2 matches and placed at the top of the competition ladder with Warnervale.

Terrigal had a resounding win over The Lakes at The Haven Oval, running out victors by 75 points to 8. It was all Terrigal throughout the match. The Lakes started well but just could not stop the onslaught from Terrigal. The home side crossed for 11 tries in what proved an excellent performance. The win does show that they will be most keen and capable of defending their Premiership this year. Best players for Terrigal were backs Dylan Calabria, Dan Sargeant, Adam Dankert, who scored 28 individual points, while hooker Ethan McInnes was outstanding. The Lakes gave it their all and were best served by Anthony McGuiness, Iliesi Cama and Pio Seru.

Avoca Beach gained their first win of the season and it was a big one. They were able to defeat Hornsby at Mark Taylor Oval by 64 points to nil. They were able to cross for 10 tries in what proved a totally dominant performance. They scored early and continued their great form for the entire 80 minutes, Best for Avoca Beach were props Luke Sheridan and Josh Meadham, winger Pat Wheatley, who crossed for 3 tries, flanker Brad Sheridan and fullback Nathan Brown. Hornsby tried hard on the day, and their best performers were Sam White and Mitch Fullager.

In the President’s Cup, The Entrance travelled to Woy Woy Oval and were defeated in a very close match by Woy Woy to the tune of 13 points to 12.

 

CCRU Round 2

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 8th APRIL, 2017
ROUND 2

PREMIER 1
Kariong 22 Jake Holwill 2, Phil Browne tries;
Scott Hanley 2 conversions, 1 penalty goal
defeated
Avoca Beach 14 Mitch Jacob try;
Nathan Brown 3 penalty goals


Warnervale 22 Scott Fitzpatrick 3, Josh Holman tries;
Cameron McNamara 1 conversion
defeated
Woy Woy 12 Alifeliti Atiola, Sione Alatini tries;
Alex Moore 1 conversion

Gosford 43 Sam Underwood 2, Brenton Wagner 2, Al Lock, Vince Stewart, Shem Bush tries;
Josh Reid 3 conversions;
Hugo Pike 1 conversion
defeated
Hornsby 7 Harry Fox try;
Sam White 1 conversion

Ourimbah 69 Josefa Biu 5, Tyler Jones 2, Jack Stonestreet 2, Oliver Dark, Jayden Pearson tries;
Rob Richardson 7 conversions
defeated
The Lakes 12 Harry Pirini, Johnny Feifae tries;
Ross McNair 1 conversion

POINTS TABLE
Kariong 9
Gosford 7
Warnervale 6
Ourimbah 5
Hornsby 5
Terrigal 4
Avoca Beach 2
The Lakes 0
Woy Woy 0

PREMIER 2
Kariong 35 Avoca Beach 14
Woy Woy 19 Warnervale 3
Gosford 62 Hornsby 3
Ourimbah 10 The Lakes 0

PRESIDENTS CUP
Avoca Beach 33 Kariong 0
Woy Woy 25 Warnervale 7
Gosford 20 Hornsby 0
Ourimbah 28 The Lakes 7
The Entrance 25 Terrigal 5

COLTS
Avoca Beach 22 Kariong 17
Woy Woy 20 Warnervale 0

REPORT :

t was an even struggle throughout but it was Kariong who scored 3 tries to 1 to secure the victory. Kariong got away to an excellent start and controlled proceedings in tThe 2017 Central Coast Rugby season continued yesterday with some very interesting results. In the Match of the Day, Kariong continued their very good early season form when they defeated Avoca Beach by 22 points to 14 at Kariong Oval. Ihe early stages. They jumped to an early 12 nil lead and by halftime this lead was 12 points to 3 and things were looking very good for them at that stage. The home side definitely did have the better of the first half. However early in the second half it was Avoca Beach who made a good comeback and actually took a 14 points to 12 lead in the match midway through that half. Avoca Beach scored a try and fullback Nathan Brown kicked a couple of vital penalty goals. Bur Kariong quickly hit back to score their third try, and with a late penalty goal, had secured the win. It was a good game of rugby and Kariong showed they will be a force this year in the competition. The outstanding players for Kariong were flankers Lachlan Peruch who had a great game. He was everywhere in attack and defence. He was very well supported by five-eight Ryan Walbank, centre Jim Callaghan and winger Jake Holwill, who crossed for two individual tries. Best players for Avoca Beach were flankers Blake Jacob and Bradd Sheridan, and centre Matt Anderson. The win takes Kariong to the top of the competition ladder at this early point of the season.

Warnervale scored their first win of the season when they defeated Woy Woy by 22 points to 12 at Woongarrah Oval. Warnervale started strongly and took control of the match in the early stages. In fact they dominated the first 40 minutes and as a result were able to go to the halftime break leading by 22 points to nil. They had scored 4 tries in the first half and had already gained their bonus point. Warnervale had several very good players during this period. None were better than flanker Dean Crofsky, while centre Scott Fitzpatrick had a wonderful match scoring 3 tries. It was certainly the start Warnervale wanted. However they were not to score a point in the second half while Woy Woy tried desperately to get back into the match. Woy Woy did score two tries in the second half to reduce the lead but it was not going to be enough. Best player for Woy Woy was flanker Lapana Vitale. Warnervale, like Kariong, have showed they will have a good season based on their performances in the first two rounds.

Ourimbah started their match like a house on fire when they defeated The Lakes by 69 points to 12 at Slade Park. They had scored 3 tries in the opening few minutes of the match to take an early lead. The Lakes were never to recover from this initial onslaught. Ourimbah raced in 11 tries in the match to totally dominate proceedings. Lock Josefa Biu was outstanding, crossing for 5 individual tries. He was well supported by forward Tyler Jones, and backs Jack Stonestreet and Rob Richardson. The Lakes gave it their all but it was not enough on the day. Players like Harry Pirini and Ross McNair never stopped trying.

Gosford also secured their first win of the season when they defeated Hornsby by 43 points to 7 at Gosford Showground. The match was a very even affair in the early stages with both teams displaying some very pleasing rugby. Hornsby did miss opportunities to score early on. However it was Gosford who gradually started to take control and the further the match went on the stronger the home side became, both on the paddock and on the scoreboard. Gosford were able to score 7 tries to 1 and this fact alone shows how effective their win was. Best players for Gosford were backs Josh Reid and Sam Underwood, while forwards Al Lock and Hugo Pike were always very close to the action. Hornsby were best served by Harry Fox and Sam White.

In the President’s Cup on Friday night, The Entrance scored a very good win over Terrigal at Joseph Banks Oval by 24 pints to 5. They played very structured rugby to record their first win if the season. It was a good game of rugby and both teams gave it their all.

CCRU Round 1

 

CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
RESULTS
SATURDAY, 1st APRIL, 2017
ROUND 1

PREMIER 1
Avoca Beach 14 Adrian Jones try, Penalty Try;
Matt Anderson 1 conversion
drew with
Gosford 14 Josh McGlynn try;
Hugo Pike 3 penalty goals

Kariong 29 Jake Holwill 2, Phil Browne, Ryan Walbank tries;
Scott Hanley 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal

defeated
Woy Woy 21 Epa Nagwara, Hesekkaia Polalulu tries;
Fokolulu Taumalolo 1 conversion,
3 penalty goals

Terrigal 19 Ethan McInnes, Joe Taylor, Dylan Calabria tries;
Adam Danckert 2 conversions
defeated
Warnervale 18 Brennan Wanstall, Zac McGowan tries;
Cameron McNamara 1 conversion,
2 penalty goals

Hornsby 48 Sam White 2, Mitch Fullager 2, Earl Yandall, John O’Donnell, Brian Mudge, Ben Astley tries;
Sam White 1 conversion, 2 penalty goals
defeated
The Lakes 19 Broderick Gray 2 tries;
Bill Moroney 3 penalty goals

POINTS TABLE
Hornsby 5
Kariong 5
Terrigal 4
Avoca Beach 2
Gosford 2
Warnervale 1
The Lakes 0
Woy Woy 0
Ourimbah 0

PREMIER 2
Avoca Beach 20 Gosford 17
Terrigal 8 Warnervale 3
The Lakes 48 Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 26 Kariong 14

PRESIDENTS CUP
Avoca Beach 5 Gosford 0
Terrigal 42 Warnervale 7
The Lakes 20 Hornsby 0
Woy Woy 22 Kariong 12
Ourimbah 25 The Entrance 12

COLTS
Woy Woy 26 Kariong 7
Avoca Beach 20 Ourimbah 0
Terrigal 20 Warnervale 0

REPORT :

The 2017 Central Coast Rugby season opened with some very interesting matches. There were some close matches, and some unpredictable results. All of the teams would have enjoyed their first competitive hit out of the season and certainly all teams will get stronger and stronger as the season continues as they get their combinations more settled.

In the Match of the Round at Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach scored late in the match to force a 14 all draw against Gosford. Obviously this was a very evenly fought encounter throughout and the result shows it remained that way after 80 minutes. The match started off on a fairly even keel with both teams having opportunities to post points. Avoca Beach then probably took control for awhile and did have a certain territorial advantage in the early stages of the first stanza. But they were simply unable to break through to post any points. The Gosford defence held firm at this stage. The remainder of the first half was a tight struggle. At the halftime break both teams had scored the single try. Gosford had scored a good try through their centre Josh McGlynn, while Avoca Beach posted their five pointer via fullback Adrian Jones. Gosford did lead at the break by 8 points to 7, and it was obvious this match was going to go right down to the wire. Avoca Beach has several very good performers at this stage. Bradd Sheridan was all over the paddock and was certainly playing a leading role for his team. He was well supported by halfback Julian Bacigalupo and prop Josh Meadham. Gosford were being best served by centre Josh McGlynn, flanker Hugo Pike, and Luke Brown. The second half was a dour battle, with Gosford able to convert 2 penalty goals to take the lead by 14 points to 7. With time running out it seemed the Gosford team were to hang on for the victory, but a penalty try late in the match due to a Gosford indiscretion saw the home side square up the match at 14 all. Both teams will take a lot from the match, but both would also rue the real chance they had of notching up a first up victory.

Terrigal came from behind to defeat Warnervale at The Haven Oval. Terrigal won by the single point, by 19 points to 18, in what was a very pleasing game of rugby. Warnervale started well and got away to a great start. They played some concerted and consistent rugby and were able to cross for two early tries. Winger Brennan Wanstall crossed early to open up the scoring. This 5 points to nil lead was soon increased when another very good backline movement saw Zac McGowan cross for an excellent try. The conversion of this try and another penalty goal to Cameron McNamara saw Warnervale lead by 15 points to nil. This was to be the halftime score, and also remained the scoreline for quite awhile into the second half. Warnervale were playing with confidence and an upset was definitely on the cards. However Terrigal at this stage started to put things together in the second stanza. Things were starting to flow for them and as a result they were able to cross for three second half tries. It was a very good comeback but the home side would have been very much concerned for the majority of this match. Terrigal had several good players in the match. Their best was hooker Ethan McInnes. He was able to continue his great form from last year and certainly got his team on the straight and narrow in the second half when it was required. He was supported very well by flanker Sam Kenny and forward Alec Brewin. Warnervale put in a great performance and they will have a great season. Their best players on the day were No.8 Richie Houston, prop Ryan Hazell and winger Brennan Wanstall. Both teams would be pleased with their effort on the day and both teams will take a lot from the encounter.

Kariong also came from behind to defeat Woy Woy at Kariong Oval by 29 points to 21. This was an exciting game of rugby, and although at times becoming quite dour, some excellent tries were scored. Both teams now know they have the potential to have very good seasons and for a first hit out it was a great effort. After a very even start with a penalty goal each, it was Woy Woy who gained the ascendancy. They were able to score their two tries in the first half and went to the halftime break leading by 15 points to 3. It appeared at that stage that they would go on and secure the win. They even went further ahead early in the second half with a penalty goal and led by 18 points to 3 early in the second half. It was at this stage that Kariong suddenly got into gear. Things started to work for them and suddenly they were able to find the gaps. At the midway point of the second half Woy Woy still led by 21 points to 10 but three late tries to Kariong saw them grab the lead and then secure the win on fulltime. Kariong had several very good players. Five-eight Ryan Wallbank played well and scored the vital final try. He was very wells supported by No.8 Phil Brown, winger Jake Holwill, who crossed for 2 tries, and half back Scott Hanley. Hanley led by example and kept working on his forwards to keep going. Woy Woy played well, and although faltering a little towards the end of the match, will get stronger and stronger as the season progresses. They were best served by centre Iliesa Rokodrega, who was always dangerous with the ball in hand, and forwards Nick Garnett and Kane Burns never stopped. Flanker Lapana Vitale was good all day and was always a threat.

Hornsby jumped to the top of the competition ladder with a pleasing win over The Lakes at Hornsby, running out victors by 48 points to 19. They were able to cross for 8 tries to 2 and that was a good indicator of the flow of the match. Hornsby led by 25 points to 10 at the halftime break, but it was late in the second half that they were able to take total control of the match. The home side was able to cross for three very late tries to build up the big lead. Sam White was excellent for Hornsby, scoring 2 tries and kicking 3 goals. He was well supported by Mitch Fullager, Ben Astley and Brian Mudge. The Lakes gave it their all and will be much stronger for the run. They were best served by winger Broderick Gray who crossed for 2 tries. He was well supported by Shae O’Brien, Bill Moroney and Harry Pirini.

In the President’s Cup on Friday night, Ourimbah made a successful return to this competition when they defeated The Entrance by 25 points to 12. It was a good game of rugby and both teams gave it their all. It was a pleasing night of rugby to open up the 2017 rugby season here on the Coast.

 

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