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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
PREVIEW
SATURDAY, 5th JUNE, 2021
ROUND 9

The Swietelsky Premier 1 2021 competition reaches the halfway point of the 2021 season next Saturday. Because of the byes each Saturday, it is only at the end of this Round 9 next weekend that we can see exactly where the teams are positioned on the ladder with equal matches.

The ‘Match of the Day’ on Saturday is the crucial clash at Heazlett Park between Avoca Beach and The Lakes. These two teams are only separated by the single point on the competition ladder so this match up on Saturday is so crucial. The winner of this match will secure fifth position on the ladder so both coaches, and their respective teams, know the importance of the game. It is so difficult to choose a winner in this clash. The Lakes lost their match at home last Saturday so they would be most disappointed with that, and they know any trip to Avoca Beach is tough. Avoca Beach are coming off the bye so will be freshened up and ready to go. They are also at home which is a huge plus for them. Both teams have been a little up and down this season so much will depend on what team comes out for each club on Saturday. This match will go the full 80 minutes and the result will not be known until very close to the full time whistle. Justin Staben will have has Avoca Beach team fully prepared for the match, while Marshall Hemopo will stress to his players how important the match is. Neither team will need much convincing of that. There is so much to play for in this contest and there should be a good crowd on deck on Saturday to view this match.

Woy Woy will travel to The Haven Oval to meet rivals Terrigal. Terrigal recorded a huge win last Saturday so they are in the correct form while Woy Woy are coming off two high scoring losses in recent weeks. Woy Woy could be a threat in this match. They know how to score points but they must defend for the entire 80 minutes. Terrigal are on top of the ladder at present and they know a win in this match will see them stay them on top at the halfway point of the season. This game will be close fought but on current form one would think Terrigal, at home, should be too strong. Woy Woy will be most keen, however, to prove this wrong.

The Razorbacks host Warnervale at Ourimbah Rugby Park in a clash that could prove interesting. Like the match described above, one would think the Razorbacks would win this match but Warnervale, like Woy Woy, are the type of the team that can provide an upset result. Razorbacks are so close to the top of the ladder and will be most keen to stay there. There is a distinct rivalry between these two teams and the Warnervale team would very much like to upset the Razorbacks on Saturday. On would think the Razorbacks would sure the victory in this match but the contest will be intense and hard fought.

Kariong and Hornsby have the Premier 1 bye this coming Saturday.

PREMIER 1 POINTS TABLE
Terrigal 24
Kariong 22
Razorbacks 21
Hornsby 21
Avoca Beach 15
The Lakes 14
Woy Woy 12
Warnervale 3

The Bay President’s Cup team will travel to Mark Taylor Oval for their clash with Hornsby.
It should also be noted that the Kariong v. Terrigal White President’s Cup match is now at Gosford Rugby Field.

Saturday also sees the continuance of the Central Coast Women’s 10’s competition. This weekend will see the clubs continue with 10-a-side rugby matches with some great clashes across the Coast. Terrigal host Gosford/Woy Woy, which will one of the highlight matches of the season, the Razorbacks meet Warnervale, and The Lakes travel to Avoca Beach.

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