When the referee blew his whistle after deeming the Force off facet within the 73rd minute, fullback Jake Strachan slotted a penalty aim to shut the deficit from 4 factors to 3.
No extra factors had been scored over the rest of the match and the Rebels clung on desperately for a 22-21 triumph.
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Tim Horan, a Wallabies nice with 80 Tests beside his title, singled out the Force’s choice to take the penalty aim as a probably expensive transfer.
“… he probably shouldn’t have taken the kick for goal for three points,” Horan stated on Stan’s post-match protection.
“You’re six minutes out from full-time. You kick for touch, you back your lineout. You’re behind by four points. You’ve got to stay down that end of the field.”
The Rebels’ second win in succession put them equal on factors with the Hurricanes.
Melbourne’s two consecutive wins observe a horrible begin to its marketing campaign, wherein it registered only one victory from its first six outings.
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The Highlanders are floundering in tenth, one spot behind the Rebels, after falling to their fourth defeat in 5 video games.
“Congratulations, Melbourne Rebels,” Horan stated.
“That’s two in a row. It was a tough start to the competition. Those first six rounds were pretty tough, but they’ve got two in a round. Well done.”
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