Burton Leads Baby Blues to Emphatic Win

Updated: July 12, 2019
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Western Rams product Matt Burton notched a double in NSW’s Under-20’s 36-10 win on Wednesday night and the Man of the match now has his sights set on an NRL debut.

Playing for Dubbo CYMS last year, Burton says getting a win with the Blues at ANZ Stadium is something he will never forget, especially to do it in front of his long-time supporters.

“It was unbelievable just to get the opportunity and the family was very proud,” Burton said.

“They were all there so it was good and I was pretty grateful to get the chance to play.

“I thought the game was good, it was very physical and a lot quicker than normal club footy.”

under20s mattBurton has followed the CRL pathway, having played for the Western Rams Under-16’s in 2016 and toured Samoa the same year with the CRL Under-16’s Representative side.

The St Johns Dubbo Junior was part of the Rams 2017 Country Championship-winning team, along with NSW Under-20’s team mate Darby Medlyn.

file-30The now 19-year-old toured New Zealand with the CRL Under-18’s Representative side later that year and believes the pathway played an important role in his development.

“I think it was a great pathway from juniors to make it to where I am today.”

“On those tours I also got to know a new bunch of boys and make long-standing friendships with boys that I still chat to.”

Through the Rams relationship with the Penrith Panthers, Burton was picked up by the NRL Club and won the SG Ball Premiership last year with fellow Rams team mate Charlie Staines.

Their SG Ball team went on to become National Champions after beating Redcliffe defeating Mal Meninga Cup winners the Souths Logan Magpies 38-32 at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium in May last year and Burton is hoping to progress all the way to First Grade with the club.

“I had a trial with the Panthers and they just watched me throughout my time with the Rams,” Burton explained.

“After the SG Ball season, I played the rest of the season with CYMS, then I moved down to Sydney at the end of last year.

“It was pretty sad to leave the club but it was good to move on to the next chapter with the Panthers.

“It’s been unreal this year in the Jersey Flegg and I even got a crack at Canterbury Cup the other week.

“It was a lot different to Under-20’s, just more physical and a bit quicker but it was a good opportunity.”

With Western Rams players like Parkes’ Finnley Neilsen, who was part of the NSW Under-16’s team, and St Johns Dubbo’s Braye Porter progressing through the CRL pathway, Burton is eager to see the new crop of players succeed.

“The Panthers have got a good pathway with the Rams now, bringing players across so I’m excited to see the younger boys coming through.”