It’s the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles tryscoring record that has stood the test of time against the Canberra Raiders for 40 years.
On Sunday, July 11, 1982, at Brookvale Oval, five Sea Eagles players all scored two tries each in a 61-20 win over the Raiders.
1982 was the Raiders first year in the then NSWRL first grade competition with Canberra winning just four games.
The ‘Fab Five’ were centre Michael Blake, the magical Phil Blake, winger Phil Carey, second-rower Paul McCabe and lock Paul Vautin, who combined to score 10 of Manly’s 13 tries in front of a crowd of over 7000.
John Ribot, Alan Thompson, and Ian Thomson also scored tries in the win.
Phil Blake’s double was even more incredible seeing he started the game off the bench as a reserve.
To top it off, outstanding goal-kicking full-back Mike Eden kicked 11 goals from 14 attempts.
The 41 point victory remains Manly’s biggest ever winning margin over the Raiders.
Peta Hiku holds the club record with most tries in a game against Canberra, crossing for four in the 54-18 win at Brookvale in 2014.
The Sea Eagles and the Raiders do battle once again this Saturday at GIO Stadium in Canberra.