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Rugby match without suspended fullback Israel Folau turned into an impressive victory on Saturday.The Waratahs overcame a 20-7 halftime deficit and held Australian conference leaders Melbourne Rebels scoreless over the final 40 minutes to register a 23-20 victory http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jaylon-ferguson-jersey , moving them within four points of the Rebels.Folau was suspended last week for anti-gay social media comments and is awaiting a code of conduct hearing which will decide his future, both with the Waratahs and the Australia national team. Rugby Australia said it intends to sever its contract with the 30-year-old test veteran.Without Folau, who is Super Rugby’s record try-scorer, flyhalf Bernard Foley scored a try and kicked two conversions and three penalties to account for all 16 of the Waratahs’ points in the second half.Kurtley Beale, who replaced Folau at fullback, had a strong kicking game while Foley outplayed his opposite No. 10 Quade Cooper.“We knew if we stuck to our game plan and sharpened up in our penalties we were a real shot,” said Waratahs captain Michael Hooper Miles Boykin Jersey , who played his 100th match for the team.“That bloke has so much ticker,” Hooper said of Foley. “He rises to the challenge when he gets put under the pump. He had a great game and led us so well.”The Canberra-based ACT Brumbies also made up ground in the Aussie conference with a 19-17 win in South Africa over the Stormers.The Brumbies jumped out to a 12-3 lead with tries by forwards Peter Samu and Rory Arnold in the first 10 minutes in Cape Town.Stormers scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies made up for his kick being charged for Arnold’s try with a break late in the half. It ended a meter from the try-line with him being cut down by a high tackle by Brumbies winger Tony Pulu.After a video review, Pulu went to the sin-bin and the Stormers were awarded a penalty try, then scored again early in the second through prop Wilco Louw.Down 17-12, the Brumbies created a third try for fullback Tom Banks in the 58th minute and Christian Lealiifano’s conversion proved to be the match-winning points as the Brumbies defended resolutely for the remainder of the game, racking up a monumental 226 tackles by the end.“We couldn’t really unlock our backline the way we wanted,” Lealiifano said. “We had to find other ways and our defense was that today.”Overall standings leaders the Crusaders had a bye weekend and didn’t play but second-place Rebels couldn’t capitalize and are 10 points behind the defending champions. The third-placed Bulls http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-darnell-savage-jr.-jersey , the South African conference leaders, also had a bye.In an earlier game Saturday, a second-half penalty try helped lift the Highlanders to a 24-12 win over the Blues in a New Zealand derby.The Blues’ 33-26 victory over the Highlanders in round six was, and remains, their first and only win over a New Zealand opponent in three years. Their subsequent match in the New Zealand conference resulted in a narrow loss to the Hamilton-based Chiefs.Buoyed by wins over the Waratahs and South Africa’s Stormers, the Blues entered Saturday’s match as favorites but the Highlanders’ strong second half called into question their touted revival.A huge scrum surge in the 50th minute brought the Highlanders a penalty try which made their lead comfortable and it became decisive with a 40-meter intercept touchdown by Matt Faddes six minutes later.“I’m just glad we stuck to what we’ve been practising all week and put it out there on the field,” Highlanders captain Ben Smith said. “These New Zealand games are always tough.” CINCINNATI (AP)AJ McCarron was getting his son ready to Trick-or-Treat as Ace Ventura when his agent called with shocking news: The Bengals were trading the quarterback to the Cleveland Browns. Then came another jolt: The trade fell through because paperwork wasn’t filed with the NFL office in time. McCarron was still processing the whirlwind events Wednesday http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-justice-hill-jersey , a day after a paperwork snafu meant he’d stay in Cincinnati as Andy Dalton’s backup. The AFC North rivals agreed to the trade shortly before the 4 p.m. deadline. The Bengals say they filed their paperwork on the deal, holding up their end of the bargain. ”All you have to do is notify the league office you’re making a deal and that’s an easy thing, which we spoke to a person in there,” coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. McCarron doesn’t understand how the trade was botched. ”There’s no telling,” McCarron said. ”I’m lost like everybody else.” He’ll be on the Bengals sideline Sunday when Cincinnati (3-4) plays at Jacksonville (4-3). McCarron hasn’t played this season even though Dalton has been limited by a sprained left ankle for a couple of games. The Bengals’ agreement to trade him was an indication he’ll soon get a chance to vie for a starting job somewhere instead of remaining a backup in Cincinnati. The Bengals had been reluctant to trade the two-time national champion from Alabama, who is in the final year of his contract. McCarron proved his value after Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand late in the 2015 season. McCarron started the last three games, leading the Bengals to the postseason Ben Powers Jersey , and had them in position to win a first-round playoff game against the Steelers before Vontaze Burfict’s hit to Antonio Brown’s head moved Pittsburgh in range for a winning field goal. McCarron was excited initially about the chance to be reunited in Cleveland with coach Hue Jackson, who was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. The Browns’ inability to complete the trade was the latest failure by a franchise that can’t find its footing. Cleveland hasn’t been able to settle on a quarterback or stick with a plan. The Browns are 0-8 after going 1-15 in Jackson’s first season. The Browns are on their bye week and declined comment on the trade snafu. McCarron missed most of his rookie season with a sore shoulder. The Bengals contend that leaves him a restricted free agent after this season. McCarron thinks he should be an unrestricted free agent. The dispute will be settled in the offseason. ”I’m not angry about anything,” McCarron said. ”I’m not upset. It feels good to be wanted by the team you’re on, by another team. I’m just enjoying it and when the offseason comes, however the contract dispute works out, we’ll go from there.” Dalton has taken a lot of hits behind a struggling offensive line. Third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel is recovering from a broken hand. Lewis is glad to keep McCarron, although he regrets how the quarterback was caught in the middle of a failed trade. ”I think it’s not a good situation http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-iman-marshall-jersey ,” Lewis said. ”AJ’s a valuable member of this team. I told him that yesterday after everything, and frankly I was relieved so I don’t have to go through the gymnastics of the next step.” McCarron described a chaotic scene at his home after getting a call from his agent about the trade agreement. McCarron’s family dressed as characters from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. McCarron wore a Dan Marino shirt – the Dolphins are part of the movie – and his mother dressed in a dolphin costume. ”So you got all that going on and the trade,” McCarron said. ”My mom’s bouncing around the house in a dolphin suit. The dog’s going crazy. So it was interesting.” He was getting a lot of jokes from Bengals teammates over his close call with a trade. ”I’ve had a couple guys in here ask me to send some stuff and remind me to hit the send button,” McCarron said. ”That’s probably one of the best ones. I don’t know what’s going on.” DUNLAP HONORED Defensive end Carlos Dunlap was honored as AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He had a sack and returned a tipped pass for a touchdown that made the difference in a 24-23 win over the Colts. BULLOCK HURT Kicker Randy Bullock missed practice Wednesday with a back injury, as did defensive lineman Michael Johnson. Receivers Brandon LaFell (hamstring) and Tyler Boyd (knee) also didn’t practice. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) and offensive tackle Andre Smith (triceps) were limited. —