CCRU Preview round 14
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 21st JULY, 2018
With 5 weeks to go, things are hotting in Central Coast Rugby Union. There are basically 6 teams still realistically fighting for the 4 spots in the Finals Series this year, with another two teams having an outside mathematical chance if things go their way.
This week sees, in three of the matches, teams in the Top Four playing teams outside so one would expect the leading teams should win. However this season there have been many upsets so anything could happen this Saturday.
The Match of the Day sees the seaside derby at The Haven Oval where home team Terrigal take on the visitors Avoca Beach. This is always a great game of rugby and Saturday will be no different. Terrigal are currently travelling in second spot while Avoca Beach is desperate for a win so that they can keep their semi-final chances alive. So the match sees not only the normal rivalry between the two clubs, but also the added pressure of Finals places up for grabs. This scenario should see a huge crowd on hand to view this most enthralling clash. Terrigal are coming off a handy win over Gosford last week and are gradually getting back to their best form in recent weeks after what was a mid-season slump. There are several new players on hand and these players are gradually being adjusted into the team pattern of play. Avoca Beach have had a tough couple of weeks and will be most keen to get themselves away from this situation. If anything, a match against the Terrigal team could do that. Both teams have so much to play for so spectators on Saturday should witness a very good game of rugby.
The Lakes are at home against neighbours Warnervale on Saturday and this clash at Slade Park is so crucial. The Lakes lost at home last week so will be most keen to reverse that result this Saturday. The Lakes are just out of the Top Four at present and they know they must win if they are to have any chance of regaining a semi-final position. It will not be easy. They play a Warnervale team who are coming off a break so many of those niggling injuries may be gone. They will be freshened up and keen to secure a win. A win for Warnervale would still give them a very outside chance of a semi-final spot but a loss would totally end any chance of that. So, like the match above, this local derby will be hard fought, and will not be decided until very late in the match. This is another rugby match which will attract a good crowd on Saturday.
Woy Woy are at home to Gosford at Woy Woy Oval. Woy Woy will go into this match as firm favourites based on what has happened on the paddock in recent weeks. Woy Woy were convincing winners last Saturday against The Lakes and if they maintain that type of form they will be difficult to topple in upcoming weeks. It was one of their best performances of the year. Gosford would very much like to put a dent in that situation. The visitors do know the Challenge Shield is up for grabs this Saturday so that just might be enough to lift the hopes of Gosford to get the win. Woy Woy know they must keep winning. They are currently in the Top Four but do realise there are a couple of teams only a win away on the competition ladder and they just cannot afford to lose a match, especially at home.
Ourimbah will host Hornsby at Ourimbah Rugby Park. Ourimbah should continue on their winning ways. Ourimbah are the form team in the competition at present and are taking all before them at this stage of the season. Hornsby have been very hard to predict this season - they have had some great victories this season, but these have been interspersed with some almost unexplainable losses. This run of wins and losses has almost been a week by week situation. They are due for a great effort this Saturday. They will need to be totally committed however for the entire 80 minutes if they are to trouble Ourimbah.
Entrance President’s Cup team have a bye this Saturday.
The Women’s 7’s continues on Saturday. All six teams continue the battle this Saturday, and the struggle for semi-final spots is tightening up.