Queensland Reds edge Melbourne Rebels 23-21 in Super Rugby
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Queensland edged Melbourne 23-21 in a Super Rugby match on Friday after Matt Toomua missed a shot at goal with the last kick of the game that would have given the Rebels the win.
Two second-half tries to Queensland hooker Alex Mafi salvaged the two-point win after Toomua’s penalty shot sailed left of the uprights at Suncorp Stadium.
The loss was a difficult one for the Rebels, who only flew into Brisbane on Friday morning and have been based in Canberra after making a last-minute dash out of Melbourne to avoid a COVID-19-enforced lockdown that would have meant they were unable to enter Queensland.
The Reds’ win was their eighth straight victory at home and came despite a red card to prop Feao Fotuaika for an illegal tackle with 23 minutes left to play.
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