CCRU Preview round 3
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 21st APRIL, 2018
The Match of the Round this Saturday sees The Lakes in their third successive ‘Match of the Day’ when they take on reigning Premiers Terrigal at Slade Park. The battle between these two undefeated teams should be a beauty. The Lakes have taken all before them this season so far and have had great wins against Gosford and Ourimbah. They are also at home this Saturday so they will see themselves having a wonderful chance to upset the Terrigal team. The visitors are coming off a bye after having a win against Kariong in the first round. It all makes for a great game of rugby. Terrigal played well against Kariong but did falter a little in the second half in that match as Kariong played strong rugby in that second period. Terrigal will want to be on their game for the full 80 minutes against this revitalised the Lakes team. The home side will be full of confidence because of their great results in the first two rounds, and they will be most keen to continue their winning way and to defeat last year’s premier side. There will be a large crowd on hand to witness this match at Budgewoi.
Ourimbah travel to Gosford Showground to play Gosford in what has developed into a very traditional rivalry over many years. These two sides certainly like to defeat each other and Saturday will be no different. Ourimbah are coming off a loss at home and will be most keen to quickly get back on track. Gosford had a hard fought win over Hornsby last week and they will be most keen to improve on that this weekend. Ourimbah will go into the fixture as slight favourites despite last week’s result. They are last year’s Grand Finalists, but with Gosford at home anything could happen. Another very interesting encounter to say the least.
Kariong are hosts to Warnervale at Kariong Oval on Saturday. Both teams lost last week in very close encounters and both will be most keen to get into the winner’s circle this Saturday. Kariong last week scored 4 tries to 1 but still lost the match. They would be still searching for answers about that one. Kariong are yet to get a win this season but have been close, very close. It will be no easier on the weekend because Warnervale are playing very good rugby. Warnervale have had a win and a loss this season, and their loss last week would have been most disappointing. They will be keen to quickly get back on the victory dais. Kariong have the home ground advantage and that may be the only difference between these two very evenly teams.
Avoca Beach and Hornsby meet at Heazlett Park and the home side will go into this clash as favourites. Avoca beach are at home and they also had a tight but pleasing win last Saturday. They will be keen to take advantage of being at home. Hornsby have started the season well but have yet to get that vital first win. They are away from home again this Saturday and they will find the trip to Avoca Beach a difficult one.
The Entrance will play Woy Woy in President’s Cup at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday. The Entrance have lost both their matches so far this season and will be looking to get their first victory this weekend.
The Central Coast Women’s 7’s goes in to its third week this Saturday. The rugby played by the women has attracted very good interest so far and it should be no different this weekend.