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Title: ... Comment re Widnes v Canberra Club Champ game 1989

I don't want to take the shine off the 1989 Widnes Challenge Cup win over Canberra but I can give a possible explanation of why Canberra dropped away after half an hour

From Bob Danks .... London

During the previous week I returned from Australia (holiday). Friends over there tried to wind me up prior to my trip home with how Canberra were going to stuff seven shades of the nasty stuff out of the Pommie side. Checking in for the flight home I was surprised to see an Aussie side travelling with me on a BRITISH AIRWAYS flight !!! I was even more surprised to find myself sitting next to Mel Maninga in the Club Class area. I had a stinking cold !!!!

 Although I played rugby at school and was brought up within "crowd noise" distance of Twickenham,I am more of a soccer lover but enjoy a game of Rugby......both disciplines. I made a point of watching the game which was televised and I think you will find that there were comments that the Aussies died away rather quickly.

Winding my friends up by phone, post match,it seems that ther were various comments in the Aussie media about the fitness of the team being affected both by jet lag and the heavy cold which quite a few of the Canberra players seemed to be suffering from!!! MY COLD !!

I felt very proud having perhaps given my northern cousins a little help. I would not take any of the credit from Widnes for the great way they played BUT I sometimes wonder ??? Perhaps the next time they travelled QANTAS !!!

Regards Bob Danks.

Appears in the following pages ....p21 - Comments on Memorable Matches
Date of posting ... 24-Sep-2011
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