BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jordan Petaia produced back-to-back clutch plays as the Queensland Reds rallied from 12-0 down Saturday to beat the ACT Brumbies 24-22 and secure hosting rights for the Super Rugby Australia final.
The first-place Reds’ seventh straight win this season, and 10th in a row at home, came after a frantic five minutes of defense after they edged ahead for the first time in the 77th minute.
With his side trailing 22-13 and 18 minutes to play, Petaia, who scored the late winner when the sides last played, kicked to put the Brumbies in poor field position. He then out-jumped an ACT player to touch down for a try and make it a four-point game.
Queensland flyhalf James O’Connor then kicked two penalty goals for the two-point margin of victory.
The Brumbies are in second place, seven points behind the Reds. The Melbourne Rebels, who lost to the Western Force 16-15 on Friday, are in third place, with the Force in fourth spot and still with a chance of making the playoffs.
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