The NSW Waratahs and the Melbourne Rebels have been eliminated from the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
The Waratahs recorded a 14-12 victory over the Rebels on Sunday morning – their first for the tournament, but not enough to lift them into Pool A’s top two positions because of a large negative points differential.
The other result in the group on day two, the Chiefs’ 33-5 win over the Panasonic Wild Knights, also put the Rebels out of finals calculations.
Israel Folau was rested for the second successive match – the Wallabies star, an official tournament ambassador, only played in the ‘Tahs opening 15-5 defeat to the Wild Knights.
The Rebels also didn’t include Test players Reece Hodge, Lopeti Timani and five-eighth Jack Debreczeni.
That didn’t stop both teams from turning it on in scorching conditions, with Waratahs back Bryce Hegarty and Rebels halfback Ben Meehan each scoring terrific 50m runaway tries in the first half.
A successful chip-and-chase from Harry Jones gave the ‘Tahs a 14-7 half-time lead, which was reduced through Tom English’s second-half try.
Meehan had the chance to win it for the Rebels right on the final siren but dropped the ball just before he crossed the line under tackling pressure from Hegarty.
The Chiefs held a moments silence before their clash with the Wild Knights in honour of former All Black Sione Lauaki, who died overnight aged 35.
The quarter-finals are scheduled to begin at 12.45pm local (1.45pm AEST).