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Vikings and Rays play out a draw in Canberra

Vikings and Rays play out a draw in Canberra

The Canberra Vikings and North Harbour Rays have played out a 21-21 draw in Canberra tonight. The game came right down to the final whistle, with a shot at penalty goal from Jesse Mogg to win the game just missing.

The Match

The game took it’s time to get going with both sides feeling each other out in the opening period.

Nigel Ah Wong opened the scoring with a brilliant 30 metre run off a Robbie Coleman pass but the Rays would be disappointed with their defensive effort.

The Rays took some time to get into the game with their best chance to level coming after more than 20 minutes. However, a 5 metre scrum came to nothing with their scrum having a tough time of it to this point.


The visitors had another chance to score but were held up over the line and gave the Vikings an easy out with a scrum infringement.

The remainder of the half was a fairly scrappy affair but the Rays did manage to get on the board in the shadows of half time with close range try to Kotoni Ale. Harry Jones converted to give the Rays an 8-5 lead which they would hold onto at the half time break.

The Vikings came out more switched on in the second half and spent the opening period camped in the Rays 22. The Rays suffered a blow with try scorer Ale sent to the bin for a 10 minutes rest.

From the resulting scrum, the Vikings rolled forward and Jarrad Butler dived over from the back of the scrum to give the Vikings the lead and Mogg’s conversion made it 13-8.

Despite being down one man, the Rays hit back with Luke Holmes, who spent time with the Brumbies during 2014, scoring the visitors second try of the night.


The Vikings then hit back almost immediately with a big run from man mountain Rory Arnold setting the platform for Robbie Coleman to use his speed and score virtually untouched as the lead changed hands once again and Mogg’s conversion made it 21-16.

With the game heading into the last 10 minutes, the Rays gained the benefit after a yellow card was awarded to Vikings lock Jordan Smiler and from that they rumbled over with Jack Dempsey coming up with the five pointer to level the scores.

The Vikings went down another player shortly after with hooker Lala Lam the recipient with referee Andrew Lees losing patience with the discipline from the Vikings.


With the game almost over, the Vikings gave it one last crack at snatching the game with Coleman going close. But incredibly the Rays had their own shot at winning it with an intercept from Harry Jones from inside his own 22 but was pulled down in the Vikings half by the covering defence.

The best plays of the game seemed to come well after the siren and the Vikings had a chance to win the game with penalty goal attempt from about 35 metres out but his kick just missed and the game ended in a draw.

The Game Changer

After a dour first half, the second half opened up a bit with both sides scoring tries to give the crowd something to get excited about.


Despite the draw,Robbie Coleman was named official man of the match and gave the Vikings more direction and set up one and scored one himself.

The Details

Score & Scorers

Tries: Ah Wong, Butler, Coleman
Conversions: Mogg 2
Tries: Ale, Holmes, Dempsey
Conversions: Jones 2


55 mins – Kotoni Ale (Rays) – Yellow
69 mins – Jordan Smiler (Vikings) – Yellow
71 mins – Lala Lam (Vikings) – Yellow

  • Bobas

    bad referee

    • Pedro

      I felt that the ref should have yellow carded one of the Ray’s players towards the end if he was being consistent.

    • brumby runner

      Have never been impressed with Lees either as the ref or on the touchline. IIRC he was the touchie who convinced the ref last week to award a fairly dubious try when the ref was going to go to the video official for confirmation. And he was stationed about 20m from the action while the ref was actually almost standing over the play at the time.

      Having said that, I tought he was better last night (not entirely satisfactory though) than I’ve seen him in the past.

  • Michael

    The Rays had so much ball and just seemed to not be able to put anything together with the backline. Ayoub was really not pulling anything out that gave the vikings any trouble at all…. which was disappointing. Big wraps on young Jack Dempsey though, looking forward to seeing him when he fills out…

    • JFT

      Bit tough on Ayoub, hard to pull something out when he plays for the Rams

      • Michael

        Fair call JFT. It was certainly not just his issue, It just seemed as though he was distributing to static players and not getting them realigned, The whole backline lacked any real structure, so it would have been tough for him. The forwards got them a lot of ball though and they did not look dangerous.

  • wahoo

    Did that last kick actually miss?

    • Bobas

      who knows, the footage shows it go inside the right post. I think it must’ve directly gone over the top the left post to have so many mixed opinions.

  • Bay35Pablo

    “the Rays would be disappointed with their defensive effort.” and

  • Bay35Pablo

    “the Rays would be disappointed with their defensive effort.” could equally describe the Rays v Rams 2nd half last week. 2 draws in 2 weeks. 2 games where we didn’t capitalise with opponents sent off. We just don’t seem to be able to stay switched on or keep the boot on the throat. Not sure if too many young heads, not enough time together as a team, or what.
    The forwards have been a consistent force, although sketchy at times in scrums. Ale has been good. Harry “Indiana/Hotspur” Jones a good young talent. Dempsey looked decent.
    2015 then … :(

  • Bay35Pablo

    What was the crowd number?

    • No official figure but I’d estimate 1000+ although hard to see from where I was

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