NRC Wk 2: Improving Rams Can’t Halt Vikings’ Raid

by Paul Cook - The University of Canberra Vikings have opened their account for the 2014 NRC season, downing the Greater Sydney Rams 37-18 at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta last night. A promising start for the Rams failed to produce the advantage on the scoreboard it deserved as a break in Sydney's weather gave them the chance to offer a glimpse of the attacking threats they possess. Up 10-0 through tries from Vasa Falealifii and Atieli Pakalani, they could/should have had a couple more, the absence of rain in the air not reducing the moisture on the turf as time and again, a gilt-edged opportunity went begging with a handling error. That opened the door for a Canberra side that offered precious little in the opening quarter before playing their way into the game off the back of a sound set-piece and some rigid defence. A try to
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