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SATURDAY, 11th MAY, 2019

The Central Coast Rugby Union competition is heating up with all matches last weekend being quite close with all 4 matches not being decided until the final 20 minutes of the match. It could be a similar situation this weekend.

The Match of the Round this Saturday will be the clash between Terrigal and Gosford at The Haven Oval. This traditional clash has always been one of the highlight matches of this season. With the continuing great form of Terrigal, and the resurgence of Gosford this year, this battle should be a classic. Terrigal are coming off a bye so should be totally freshened up for this clash. Both teams remain undefeated this season so one should lose that mantle on Saturday. Terrigal may go into the match as very slight favourites. This is simply because of their home ground advantage and also because of the nature of their wins so far this season. However Gosford will try to say something about that. Terrigal have great depth, and also are strong right across the team. Their forward pack is strong and they have laid the foundation for their success this year. Coach Murray Cox will have his side ready to go on Saturday and will be most keen to maintain that unbeaten run and also to keep hold of the Challenge Shield which is up for grabs on Saturday as well. Gosford have played well this year. They have scored tries and have a backline that has proved very effective and incisive in all their matches. Coach Adam Beavis will have them primed. But it will come back to the forward battle. So much will depend on players like Ethan McInnes, Josh Vainikolo and Sam Kenny for Terrigal in their tussle with players such Mitch Cornwell, Alec Corcoran and Pepani Nabuliwaqa at Gosford. Of course there are many other players who can influence this match but it will be up to the respective forward packs to lay the foundation for their team. This will be an exciting game of rugby with much to play for. One team will remain undefeated after Saturday, and will also take bragging rights for much of the remainder of the season.

Avoca Beach travel to Slade Park to meet The Lakes in what is another significant matchup in Round 5. Both teams need to win this match to stay in touch with the competition leaders. Avoca Beach lost their first match last Saturday when they were defeated by Ourimbah while The Lakes had their first victory of the season when they accounted for Woy Woy in a close one. The Lakes will hope that form continues on Saturday but it will be a struggle. It is almost impossible to pick the winner in this match, and in all probability the result will not be decided until those final few moments of the clash. The Lakes are at home which is an advantage but the Avoca Beach side is a youthful one and will not stop all day. There should be plenty of tries on offer as both backlines do know how to cross the white line. This is an important game of rugby for both teams in terms of their future positioning on the competition ladder.

Warnervale will host Woy Woy at Woongarrah Oval and like the matchups described above, this is another crucial encounter. Both teams lost their matches last week but really did give a good account of themselves. Woy Woy were unlucky to lose to The Lakes in a close one, while Warnervale really only fell behind on the scoreboard last week in the final stages of their match against Kariong. Warnervale is at home which may be the only difference between these two teams. They are so evenly matched so a victory either way would not surprise. Warnervale have had a little bit of an up and down season so far so they will be keen to put in a very consistent performance this Saturday. Both teams need a win, because like the two teams above, they need it to stay in touch with leading teams in the competition. This should prove an exciting clash between these two sides.

Hornsby are home again this weekend when they meet neighbouring club Kariong at Mark Taylor Oval. There is an intense but friendly rivalry between these two clubs and both really do enjoy defeating the other. Hornsby have been improving week after week and are almost positioned to spring a surprise. Kariong will be hoping not but they will realise they will have to be on their game to get the win against them. Kariong had a good victory last Saturday and will be most keen to keep that winning feeling going. Hornsby pushed Gosford all the way last Saturday and despite the loss, would have been very pleased with their efforts. This will be another closely fought encounter.

The Entrance will host Ourimbah on Saturday in the President’s Cup and they will be most keen to get a win after several losses. Ourimbah are leading this competition at present so they will go into the clash as favourites.

Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 7’s competition. Six of the eight teams will battle this Saturday, with Terrigal and Ourimbah having the bye.

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