Cabous Eloff scored a last-minute try as the Rebels beat the Force 34-30 in their final regular season game of Super Rugby AU in Newcastle on Saturday to reach the playoffs for the first time.
Eloff was awarded the try after a review to give the Rebels the fourpoint victory they needed to move past the Waratahs into third place of the domestic competition.
The Brumbies, who have already locked up top spot and guaranteed a place in the final on Sept. 19, will now have to wait and see who they’ll face for the title with the Reds playing the Rebels next weekend.
Rebels captain Dane Haylett-Petty says of their feat: “A little bit of relief and just really proud of the boys, we stuck at it there.
“Credit to the Force, for a long period of the game there they were
on top of us and yeah, it was a great effort to fight back and score that try.”