Moment ecstatic Parramatta fans rub Canberra supporters’ noses, performing trademark Green Machine clapping for Vikings as Eels pounce on Raiders
- Eels fans rub salt in Canberra’s wounds by performing Vikings clap
- Parramatta supporters mocked the delivery while leading by 30
- The Canberra Viking clap was also mimicked in round seven by Penrith fans
Parramatta fans added insult to injury for the Canberra faithful by mocking the Raiders’ trademark Vikings applause in the closing moments of their 40-4 finals thrashing on Friday night.
Leading 34-4 with seven minutes remaining in the sudden-death clash, the Eels erupted in unison, filling CommBank Stadium with the sound of the Green Machine’s famous celebration.
Eels fan mocks the Vikings’ ovation during Friday night’s semifinal against the Raiders at CommBank Stadium
The Eels burst out of the blocks in front of a strong home crowd of 29,134 and never looked back after building a 22-point lead inside 25 minutes.
“Well, that rubs it in … Eels fans now have a night out,” FoxLeague commentator Andrew Voss said as the applause began.
In round seven this year, Panthers fans also took the mickey out of coach Stuart’s men in their home fortress of Penrith as the minor premiers won 36-6.
“Bloody ungodly followers of Parra! How dare you steal Panther Viking’s applause,” one fan tweeted after last night’s antics.
“Haha, their hideout. Nothing in 36 years and I’m trying to rub it in. Let’s see if they’re as happy after a trip to the Cowboys,” another fan commented.
In 2016 Michael Ennis famously taunted Raiders fans during the elimination final, getting the Vikings to applaud on the sidelines after the Sharks’ 16-14 victory.
Michael Ennis withdraws the Vikings’ ovation at home in Canberra after his Sharks knocked the Raiders out of the 2016 final
They will now travel to Townsville to face North Queensland next Friday night, chasing their first grand final appearance since 2009.
“I’m proud of the boys and happy for our club,” Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said after the game.
“But the work is not done, we have a big week ahead of us and we are looking forward to it.
“Against Penrith we were a bit hesitant and didn’t play to our strengths, but tonight we were a team that went after the game.”
Eels fans do it in circles with seven minutes to go, sending off the Raiders by taking the mickey out of their rivals’ famous celebration
The only slight concern for the Eels will be a knock to the head in Mitchell Moses, who was ruled out of last week’s loss to Penrith with concussion.
Moses, who converted five of seven conversions and added a penalty goal, soon curled a pass for Waka Blake to waltz in unscathed on the right with 20 minutes to go.
Mitchell Moses starred in the 40-4 win, kicking a brace and kicking five of seven in Parramatta’s rout, which kept them in the preliminary final against the Cowboys.
Only a breakaway effort by Xavier Savage kept the Raiders from trailing as they trailed 22-4 at halftime.
“We weren’t good enough,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.
“They were far superior and they were tonight.
They took us early and when you have 30 to 40 percent of the football (it’s difficult) to play against a team like that.”