RUGBY PREVIEW Round 8
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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY UNION
SATURDAY, 1st JUNE, 2019
The Match of the Day this Saturday sees the mighty clash between the two undefeated teams in the competition, Ourimbah and Terrigal. In fact this is the match of the season so far. These two teams have taken all before them this season and really have not looked threatened in any of their matches this year. This clash At Ourimbah Rugby Park will see one of these teams lose that undefeated mantle on Saturday. This match will not be for the faint hearted. Both teams have great depth right across the paddock. Both Ourimbah and Terrigal have won all their matches quite convincingly this season so far and have been the standout teams in the local competition. Terrigal have an excellent forward pack and they have been the lynchpin of their performances this year. They are strong up front with front rowers Kevin McNamara and Nathan Simpson, and this forward strength goes right through to their locks and loose forwards. Behind their pack is half back Sekope Maea who had proved an excellent link to the backs who have taken advantage all season of some good ball. Much the same can said for Ourimbah. Prop Brett Cunningham is very experienced and he heads a forward pack that has been on the go forward all year. He will be fully supported by players such as Jarrod Grange, Josefa Biu and James Blanch. Goal kicking could be the deciding factor and Terrigal kicker Jayden Woolley has rarely missed this season while for Ourimbah Jarrod Grange and Tyrone Davies should share these duties. This match will see who remains at the top of the table as these two teams are only separated by the single point on the competition ladder. It will be a great day of rugby all day at Ourimbah as all grades in both clubs are all placed at the top of their respective ladders. A huge crowd should be in attendance on Saturday in what is shaping as the match of the season so far.
Just as the above two undefeated teams compete to maintain that status, at Mark Taylor Oval two teams, Hornsby and Woy Woy, are attempting to get their first win of the season. These teams were very strong in their previous respective matches. Hornsby were defeated by the single point last Saturday while Woy Woy pushed Terrigal all the way in their clash two weeks ago. Woy Woy are coming off the bye so they will be freshened up and ready to go. Both teams will see this as a real opportunity to get their first win the season. The match will be very close. Hornsby will be buoyed after their great effort last week, and they are at home on their ‘Back to Hornsby’ Day so the home team will have many supporters there to cheer them on. Back teams have got stronger and stronger as the season has progressed and it has not been through the lack of effort that neither team has secured a victory this season. These two teams can trouble all teams in this competition and they will definitely push each other for the 80 minutes on Saturday.
Warnervale and The Lakes will meet each other in the local derby at Woongarrah Oval. The clashes between these two teams are always close and intense, and Saturday will be no different. Warnervale have had some good performances this season and have showed they can trouble all teams. Even last week, despite their loss to Gosford, they did not take all their chances to post points in that match. They will need to do so in this match with The Lakes. The Lakes had a close but vital win last Saturday against Hornsby. It was such an important win for them as it placed them in the Top Four for the first time this season. The Lakes will be keen to stay there but to do that of course they must defeat Warnervale on Saturday. That will not be easy and this match will go right down to the wire.
Kariong travels to Heazlett Park this weekend to play Avoca Beach. Both these teams lost their matches last Saturday even though both teams put in totally committed efforts. Both teams have been suffering from several key injuries to players so the respective coaches will be doing some sorting out of players in various positions for this clash. A win is vital for both teams if they wish to get back into Finals contention. Both teams will be most keen to get back on track quickly so a win on Saturday is huge motivation of course. These two teams lost to the two frontrunners in the competition last week and to meet each other straight away does not make things any easier. Both teams have been playing well, but the result will come down to which team can play though for the entire 80 minutes.
The Entrance President’s Cup team will host Gosford at Joseph Banks Oval this Saturday in a match that the home team must win if they are to stay in connection with the leading teams in the competition.
This Saturday sees all the women’s teams in action for the first time this year in the Women’s competition. Women’s 7’s rugby has certainly taken off this year and the results this weekend will prove especially important in terms of the Finals Series.