Yesterday the sun was out for a beautiful spring day at Manuka oval, but unfortunately the Rays were a bit too strong for the Canberra Vikings. A very good crowd (for Manuka Oval) of 3700 turned up to see a tough closely contested game. Personally I was hoping (and expecting) a Viking slaughter, but Central Coast always seemed to stay just infront. With 20 minutes to go Pat Phibbs sneaked through to score the only try for the Vikings, and briefly pulled them ahead. Unfortunately the rays turned up the heat again to score a converted try, bringing the final score to 17 – 13. In the last minutes of the game the Vikings seiged the Ray’s tryline, even being held up over the line a couple of times, but they were unable to capitalise on their advantages.
The loss sees the Vikings slip to 3rd place in the ARC, behind Western Sydney and Melbourne. With the Vikings two remaining games away from home against these guys it will be a tough run to the finals.
Full details of the game are available on Brumbies Rugby.
[CHE] – I’ve added in some of the photos I took at the game.
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