THE Muswellbrook Rams successfully defended their BHP Billiton Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League under-18 crown at Olympic Park on Saturday, downing the Singleton Greyhounds 12-8.
After succumbing to the same opponents in the major semi-final a fortnight ago, the young Rams were determined not to make a similar mistake on home soil.
They grabbed an early lead, via a try to Player of the Match Fletcher Baker and a conversion to Bailey Taylor.
Brayden Turnbull then put Singleton on the scoreboard.
But, a Brock Farrell four-pointer and subsequent goal to Taylor extended the Rams advantage to 12-4.
The Greyhounds threw everything at Muswellbrook in the second half and finally cracked the defence in the final minute, courtesy of Morgan Amidy.
MUSWELLBROOK RAMS 12 (Fletcher Baker, Brock Farrell tries; Bailey Taylor 2 goals) defeated SINGLETON GREYHOUNDS 8 (Brayden Turnbull, Morgan Amidy tries)