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Season goes on the line in lower grade clashes

WHILE all the focus will be on the two first grade blockbusters this weekend the lower grade clashes also see in-form teams going head-to-head.
Nanjing Night Net

Today the reserve grade major semi-final is played at Caltex Park with CYMS taking on Westside in a local derby.

Forbes enjoy the week off after finishing as minor premiers and will be keen to see the second and third placed teams battling it out.

The Fishies finished second after only losing four games all season and captain-coach Craig Roworth has seen his team improve as the season has gone on.

Roworth is part of a powerful forward pack featuring the likes of Jopi Tui, Seru Mateo, Luke Taylor and Lee Price while in fullback James Pomfret they have one of the competition’s standout players.

Westside have always placed a huge amount of pride in their reserve grade side and have been quietly confident of lifting the trophy all season.

The Rabbitohs have the kind of depth in reserve grade the rest of the competition envy and the likes of Jarrin Fernando, Darren Toomey and Seaun Stanley are sure to be in the thick of the action today.

In today’s under-18s eliminations semi-final Macquarie take on Wellington with both sides possessing a stack of individual talent.

Harry van Dartel, Phil Combridge, Wade Kavanagh, Kotoni Staggs and Brogan Black will be key to their side’s hopes.

Tomorrow Macquarie are in action again with their experienced reserve grade side meeting Wellington in the elimination semi.

Zac Rennick, Matt Lane and Craig McLean have all played plenty of first grade for the Raiders and their performances will be vital in the clash against the Cowboys.

Tomorrow’s under-18s major semi will also be one to watch as rivals Parkes and CYMS face off.

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