Wallabies star Isi Naisarani scored the match-winning strive in the second minute of extra time Friday night time to provide the Melbourne Rebels a 25-20 win over the Western Force in a heated conflict.
The two groups have been locked in a tense battle at Leichhardt Oval, and in the 20th minute feelings reached boiling level in an off-the-ball brawl.
“Is this Leichhardt or Fight Island,” rugby commentator Andrew Swain mentioned on Fox Sports.
Referee Angus Gardner was praised on social media for his dealing with of the fracas and the best way he addressed the 2 captains, with Force skipper Jeremy Thrush in the thick of the scuffle.
“I perceive there may be some historical past between your two groups so we’ll put one right down to getting it out of the system,” Gardner mentioned.
“Just have a phrase to your boys, no extra please, as soon as the whistle goes we cease, let’s get on with the sport.”
The loss was the fourth-straight defeat for the Force.
The groups have been degree 10-10 at halftime and each groups had an opportunity to interrupt the 20-20 impasse.
A penalty kick by Force flyhalf Jono Lance went huge of the posts with 5 minutes left earlier than a 60-metre strike by Rebels fullback Reece Hodge after the full-time siren fell brief.
The first-place ACT Brumbies, winners of all three Super Rugby Australia matches, host the Queensland Reds in the opposite weekend match on Saturday.
The NSW Waratahs have a weekend bye.
– with AP