July 7 (Reuters) - Highlights from round 16 of Super Rugby:
The Western Force triumphed in the battle between the two Australian sides in the running to be axed from Super Rugby next season, outscoring their opponents four tries to three.
The victory moves the Force to second in the Australian conference with one round to play, though they are already out of the running for a play-off place, while the Rebels remain with just a single victory from 14 matches.
Tries from centre Bill Meakes, lock Adam Coleman, flank Richard Hardwick and wing Chance Peni, who also received an early yellow card for a shoulder charge, sealed the win for the home side.
Two from wing Marika Koroibete, and a further try from loose-forward Colby Fainga‘a, kept the Rebels in the hunt, but they extended their losing streak to seven matches.
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The Queensland Reds snatched a last-minute victory over the ACT Brumbies in an all-Australia Super Rugby clash played out in sodden conditions in Brisbane.
Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper made amends for an earlier error by slotting his third penalty for the victory with the last kick of the game after a 71st minute try from replacement back Hamish Stewart had brought the home side back into a tight match.
The narrow defeat left the Brumbies level with the Stormers on 34 points in the battle for the third seeding in the playoffs ahead of the South Africans’ penultimate match of the season against Japan’s Sunwolves on Saturday.
The Brumbies, who went ahead with a penalty try and a Kyle Godwin five-pointer soon after half time, also lost flanker Chris Alcock, lock Rory Arnold and winger Aidan Toua to injury. (Compiled by Nick Mulvenney and Nick Said; editing by Clare Lovell)