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Golden-point 'Super Time' fails to separate Rebels and Reds

It ended as an 18-18 draw in the Super Rugby AU clash at Brookvale Oval.

THE REBELS AND Reds couldn’t be separated even after 10 minutes of golden-point additional time, sharing an 18-18 draw in the rain at Brookvale Oval.

In a new trial law in Super Rugby AU, drawn games advance into ‘Super Time,’ where the first team to score wins. The teams play two five-minute periods of extra time unless there is a score.

Reds fullback Bryce Hegarty saw a penalty shot from the halfway line drop just under the bar on the stroke of the changeover during Super Time but neither side could find the winning score.

super-rugby-rebels-reds Marika Koroibete of the Rebels is tackled by Hamish Stewart of the Reds. Source: AAP/PA Images

The game was tied at 18-18 after regular time, with the Reds having manufactured a 79th-minute try for replacement hooker Alex Mafi that out-half James O’Connor converted to level the scoreline and take the game into Super Time.

The Reds’ O’Connor had been a central figure in the game, providing the try-assisting pass for a Filipo Daugunu score early in the second half but then being intercepted by Rebels centre Billy Meakes for his 68th-minute try.

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Meakes’ score had seemingly left the Rebels in a fine position to secure the win in regular time, that intercept try following an earlier finish by Reece Hodge to put them 18-8 to the good.

But sparked by O’Connor, the Reds scrambled that late Mafi try and forced the game into Super Time.

This clash saw further examples of a 50/22 kick and a goal line drop-out, two of the other law trials involved in Super Rugby AU.

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