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Queensland Reds edge Melbourne Rebels 23-21 in Super Rugby

February 26, 2021 GMT

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.

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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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