COOMA rugby players Phil Johnson and Ryan Morgan produced scintillating performances in the biggest match of their careers as they helped the Brumbies Provincial Representative side to dominant victory over the Australian Police team, 42 points to 27.
In front of thousands of spectators on Friday, July 11, the duo played under the bright lights of Canberra Stadium in the curtain raiser to the Brumbies match against the Western Force.
Ryan starred for the Provincial side, scoring a try in the 15 point victory. After a swift backline move from within their half, the ball was spread wide for Ryan to cross over the line.
"It's definitely a career highlight to play on a stage like that, it's a good feeling," Ryan said.
"It was also good to be able to experience it with another Cooma boy [Johnson]."
As he has done all season for the Cooma Red Devils, Phil Johnson put in a complete 80 minute performance to showcase the talents of the Cooma Rugby Club.
Phil and Ryan earned selection in the side after strong performances for the Cooma Red Devils and impressive efforts at the Brumbies Provincial Tournament held in Jindabyne last month where they played for the Monaro side.
The Provincial side fielded the best players from Southern NSW, with the Cooma pair joined by Jindabyne Bushpigs players Matt Caldwell and Dave Akkersdyk.
Caldwell scored two tries and Akkersdyk one as the Monaro contingent lit up Canberra Stadium.
For Morgan, the opportunity to play with some of the best players in country NSW made the experience a whole lot smoother.
"At this level everyone knows their roles so it's a bit easy."
"The match was very tough and physical."