Parramatta fans rub Canberra’s noses in it by mocking Raiders’ Viking clap during grand final win

Parramatta fans rub Canberra’s noses in it by mocking Raiders’ Viking clap during grand final win

Ecstatic Parramatta fans rub Canberra supporters’ noses in it by performing the Green Machine’s trademark Viking clap as the Eels beat the Raiders

  • Eels fans rubbed salt into Canberra’s wounds by performing the Viking clap
  • Parramatta supporters mocked tradition as they led by 30
  • The Canberra Viking clap was also imitated in round seven by Penrith fans

Parramatta fans have added insult to injury for the Canberra faithful by mocking the Raiders’ trademark Viking clap 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, Eels diehards clapped in unison, filling CommBank Stadium with the sound of the Green Machine’s famous celebration.

Eels fan mocks the Viking clap during Friday night's semi-final against the Raiders at CommBank Stadium

Eels fan mocks the Viking clap during Friday night’s semi-final against the Raiders at CommBank Stadium

The Eels burst out of the blocks in front of a 29,134 strong home crowd and never looked back after posting a 22 point lead inside 25 minutes.

“Well, that’s rubbing it in … Eels fans now have a night out,” FoxLeague commentator Andrew Voss said as the clapping began.

In round seven this year, Panthers fans also took the mickey out of coach Stuart’s men at their home stronghold of Penrith as the minor premiers won 36-6.

“Fantastic disrespectful Parra fans! How dare you steal the Panther Viking clap, one fan tweeted after last night’s antics.

“Haha, the skin for them. Nothing in 36 years and trying to rub it in. Let’s see if they’re that happy after a trip to the Cowboys,” another fan commented.

In 2016, Michael Ennis famously taunted Raiders fans during the elimination final, performing the Viking clap on the sidelines after the Sharks’ 16-14 victory.

Michael Ennis pulls out the Viking clap at Canberra's home ground after his Sharks knocked the Raiders out of the 2016 final

Michael Ennis pulls out the Viking clap at Canberra’s home ground 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 for the boys and happy for our club,” Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said after the game.

“But the job is not done, we have a big week ahead of us and we are looking forward to it.

“Against Penrith we were a bit cautious and didn’t play to our strengths, but tonight we were a team that went after the game.”

The Eels fans take it with seven minutes to go and send the Raiders off by taking the mickey out of their rivals' famous celebration

The Eels fans take it with seven minutes to go and send the Raiders off by taking the mickey out of their rivals’ famous celebration

The only slight concern for the Eels will be a headbutt to Mitchell Moses, who was ruled out during last week’s loss to Penrith with concussion.

Moses, who kicked five from seven substitutions and added a late penalty, soon sent a spiraling cut-out pass for Waqa Blake to waltz in untouched on the right with 20 minutes gone.

Mitchell Moses starred in the 40-4 win, scoring a try and kicking five from seven in Parramatta's run, which has booked them into the preliminary final against the Cowboys

Mitchell Moses starred in the 40-4 win, scoring a try and kicking five from seven in Parramatta’s run, which has booked them into the preliminary final against the Cowboys

Only a breakaway attempt by Xavier Savage prevented the Raiders from being held to zero as they trailed 22-4 at halftime.

“We weren’t good enough,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

“They were far superior and they were on tonight.

They got us early and when you have 30 to 40 percent of the football (it’s difficult) you play against a team like that.’

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