RUGBY PREVIEW Round 13
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 13th JULY, 2019
All matches this weekend will be closely fought – in fact all matches could warrant Match of the Day status for various reasons. It should prove a most interesting round of matches and tell us much in terms of the Finals.
The Match of the Day this Saturday is the clash between Warnervale and Terrigal. This is a do or die clash for Warnervale in terms of the Finals. The Warnervale team played very well last Saturday when they defeated Kariong in one of their better performances of the year. Terrigal are coming off the bye and they would be freshened up after the break. In fact both these teams defeated Kariong in their last outings and both won this fixture by a similar margin. Terrigal are still placed in second spot on the competition ladder and will be keen to stay there especially with Gosford just behind them at present. Terrigal will go into the match as favourites despite the fact that Warnervale are at home. Warnervale do play some great rugby at Woongarrah and are proving quirt difficult to defeat there. Terrigal have great depth right across the paddock but it has been their tight five who have dominated up front so far this season. The Terrigal pack of forwards have proved strong and have laid the foundation for their backline in most matches. This will be an interesting game of rugby on Saturday.
Hornsby are at home this Saturday at Mark Taylor Oval when they meet Avoca Beach. They have been away now for many weeks and should really enjoy being at home. Hornsby played well against Gosford last Saturday despite their loss and their second half performance showed they can defeat any team in this competition. They actually outscored Gosford in that second half. So Avoca Beach will have to be wary this coming Saturday. Avoca Beach know that The Lakes have the bye this week so a win will see them back into the Top Four. However it will not be easy. There is nothing between these two teams and this clash will go right down to the wire. Avoca Beach were most impressive against Ourimbah last Saturday and it was one of their best performances of the year. If they repeat that effort this Saturday they should go into this coming contest as favourites.
Kariong will host Gosford at Kariong Oval on Saturday and this is a must win match for the home team. Gosford are on a roll at present and are playing some enterprising rugby and are also getting the vital wins. Kariong have had a stop start season so far. They played so well against Terrigal two weeks but would have been most disappointed with their efforts last Saturday against Warnervale. There is an intense rivalry between these two teams and they do enjoy playing each other and of course getting the win. This will be a close battle. Kariong have the home ground advantage while Gosford at present have the right form. It all makes for an exciting and most entertaining game of rugby.
Ourimbah and Woy Woy meet at Ourimbah Rugby Park on Saturday. Based on recent performances one would think that Ourimbah would be very clear favourites to win this clash. Ourimbah have remained undefeated this season and are playing great rugby. In fact they really have had only had the two close matches this season – the first round clash against The Lakes and last week against Avoca Beach. They are also playing at home. So everything is in their favour. However Woy Woy has played some very good rugby on occasions this year. If that team turns up on Saturday they can push Ourimbah for quite awhile and even cause an upset. Woy Woy will have to play well and play for the full 80 minutes to do so.
The Entrance President’s Cup team travel to Slade Park this Saturday to take on The Lakes. This match up is always a tight one and this weekend should be no different.
The women’s competition has produced some great rugby in recent weeks. Terrigal, Avoca Beach and Woy Woy would be favoured to win their respective matches this coming Saturday but the form of all teams in this competition has improved markedly over recent weeks.