CCRU Preview round 18
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 18th AUGUST, 2018
The final round of the 2018 Central Coast Rugby Union season sees some exciting and significant matches. The Final Four for this year’s Finals Series will be decided on Saturday. Ourimbah are the Minor Premiers for this year. Terrigal and Woy Woy will be playing for a Major Semi-final spot which of course gives them two bites of the cherry in the Finals Series. Kariong are currently in 4th position, but behind them, The Lakes and Avoca Beach, can still mathematically make the Finals. So it all makes for a very enthralling series of matches this Saturday.
For many supporters there will be different “Matches of the Day” on Saturday. However the clash at Woy Woy Oval will hold Match of the Day status, and this game between Woy Woy and Terrigal will be hard fought from start to finish. Both teams have so much to play for. A victory would not only get them into the Major Semi-final but also gives them a week rest before the bigger games at the end of the year. Both teams have experience across the paddock. Woy Woy have a very good backline and can score tries from all over the field. The Woy Woy team will have to be more consistent with their defence for the entire 80 minutes. Terrigal are the type of team that can wear the opposition down so if any opposition team is not prepared, things can be made most difficult for them. Their first round clash at The Haven saw Woy Woy gain a 26-23 victory so Terrigal will be fully aware of the dangers of the Woy Woy side. That match was at Terrigal so Woy Woy should be even stronger at home. By all calculations this clash should go right down to the wire with so much at stake.
Avoca Beach are at home to The Lakes at Heazlett Park. There is much interest in this match as both teams can still make the Finals. They both need to win, and to gain a bonus point, to get there. Of course they will both still need to rely on another result on the day, namely Gosford defeating Kariong. So with this the situation, both teams will spread the ball wide and there should be plenty of tries on display. However, although both teams need to score tries, defence will also be paramount. This should be an exciting of rugby for the entire 80 minutes. It certainly does hold huge interest. The phones will definitely be in full use this coming Saturday afternoon.
Kariong travel to Gosford this Saturday and this matchup at Gosford Showground will be closer than many would think. There has been a very keen rivalry between these two teams for many years so the rugby will not be for the faint hearted. Kariong have one task in this match, and that is simply to get a win. A victory would see them secure a Finals spot. A loss would leave them open to missing out depending on what happens at Heazlett Park. It all makes for an interesting and enthralling scenario. Gosford will be most keen to end the season on a high. It has been a most difficult year for them so a win in the last round would lift spirits for next year. However Kariong have so much to play for. They will come out strong and the visitors will go into this match as clear favourites.
Ourimbah will meet Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval on Saturday. Ourimbah will be favoured to win this match but they will not have it all their own way. Ourimbah are coming off a bye so they will be keen to get back on the paddock. They will also not be playing next Saturday as they are in the Major Semi-final so they will be keen to give all their players a good run this weekend. Warnervale will definitely not be easy. They pushed Terrigal all the way last Saturday and did have their chances in that match. Warnervale have played well in recent weeks. They are also at home so this clash will be quite close. They are however meeting the form team of the competition for this year.
Premier 1 Points
1 Ourimbah 68
2 Terrigal 52
3 Woy Woy 52
4 Kariong 44
5 The Lakes 41
6 Avoca Beach 39
7 Warnervale 29
8 Hornsby 26
9 Gosford 14
The Entrance President’s Cup team has a bye this coming Saturday.
The Women’s 7’s continues on Saturday. Matches this Saturday will decide the semi-finalists for this year.