The fifth round of the Australian Super Rugby began with an entertaining duel between Force and Rebels. On Saturday, Brumbies welcomes the Reds and can be seen live on ESPN Play from 6.15am.
BRUMBIES 22-20 REDS (Saturday)
It was the expected duel because both teams arrived undefeated, and they did not disappoint. The local started up 14-0 with two tries from Folau Fainga’a, with the unmistakable seal of the maul. The visit was discounted with a penalty from O’Connor and he had to settle for that in the first half. In the complement things changed and the reds returned with everything: tries by Harry Wilson (43 ‘) and Angus Scott-Young (46’) to go to the front. A new O’Connor penalty brought the lead to six. With five minutes to play, Brumbies supported the try, but failed the conversion and when it seemed that the game was slipping away, he forced a penalty almost halfway and Mackenzie Hansen was right to unleash the wild celebration of his teammates.
WESTERN FORCE 20-25 MELBOURNE REBELS (Friday)
The Melbourne team added their second victory in the Super Rugby aussie by prevailing as a visitor and in overtime (new rule) in a match that stood out for how tight it was and for its definition in overtime. In the home owner, the tries were scored by Fergus Lee-Warner (27 ‘) and Byron Ralston (57’), while in Rebels the conquests during the 80 minutes came from the hand of Jordan Uelese (30 ‘) and Matt Philip (60 ‘). On the other hand, Jono Lance contributed ten points with his foot, Matt Toomua eight and Reece Hodge three. After finishing tied in 20 goals, the teams had to define the winner in overtime. Finally, with a try in the first extra minutes of Isi Naisarani (82 ‘), it was Melbourne’s team that celebrated the victory.