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Beale boots Rebels to victory

A late Kurtley Beale penalty enabled the Melbourne Rebels to clinch a nail-biting 32-31 victory over the Western Force at NIB Stadium.

With Beale in mesmerising touch, the Rebels scored four tries to two in the first half to take a handy 26-15 lead into half-time. The Force tightened up their defence in the second half, eventually taking the lead for the first time in the 73rd minute with a Ben Seymour penalty.

But the in-form Beale brought his kicking boots across the Nullarbor and calmly landed the match-winner from a tight angle with three minutes remaining after Melbourne had received a scrum penalty. The Rebels may be out of finals contention, but their bonus-point win enabled them to leapfrog the Waratahs into third spot in the Australian Conference table.

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