Home advantage for Rams sides on the cusp of championship finals

Western will have something of a home-field advantage when the semi-finals of the 2017 SLE Worldwide Australia under-16 and under-18 championships are played at Bathurst.

TALENT: Farren Lamb from Forbes makes a half-break during the Western Rams under-18s clash with Bidgee last Saturday. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

TALENT: Farren Lamb from Forbes makes a half-break during the Western Rams under-18s clash with Bidgee last Saturday. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

The top young talent in country NSW will run out on to Carrington Park for the four matches, with the make-up of the semis only decided after washed out matches were able to be played in the Newcastle region after heavy rain.

The Western Rams and Newcastle Rebels will feature in both grades, with six of the eight Country Championship regions represented on the day.

The under-16s semi-finals will see the Bidgee Bulls take on the East Coast Dolphins, and the Newcastle Rebels go head-to-head with the Western Rams.

In the under-18s division, the matches will feature the Newcastle Rebels taking on the Greater Southern Stingrays, and Western Rams clashing with the Greater Northern Tigers.

The grand finals of the respective competitions will be played on Saturday, April 1, with the venue to be determined after the completion of this weekend’s Semi-Finals.

Semi-Finals – Saturday, March 25

10:00am (U16) Bidgee Bulls v East Coast Dolphins (Referee – Jack Bird)

11.20am (U18) Newcastle Rebels v Greater Southern Stingrays (Referee – Nick Martin)

12.50pm (U16) Newcastle Rebels v Western Rams (Referee – Karra Lee Nolan)

2.10pm (U18) Western Rams v Greater Northern Tigers (Referee – Dylan Clarke)