DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 22: Tom English of the Melbourne Rebels during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Rebels at Growthpoint Kings Park on April 22, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

The Melbourne Rebels are Super Rugby finals bound after a last-gasp try to Cabous Eloff sealed an unforgettable victory over the Western Force.

The Rebels needed a win by four points or more to jump ahead of the NSW Waratahs and qualify in third spot.

The 34-30 victory secured their maiden finals appearance.

The Waratahs were playing mind games during the week, with Alex Newsome turning up to training on Friday in the colours of his old teammates.

“They’re obviously favourites but you know, you’d been feeling a little nervous wouldn’t you,” Newsome told the Sydney Morning Herald when speaking on his old teams chances.

Nervous was a fair description of how Rebels fans would have been feeling, right up until the 79th minute, when desperation was setting in as they trailed by two points.

It was then that Eloff steam rolled his way over to seal the history making win.

The Force looked certain to secure their first victory of the season, seeing off constant pressure from their own line defending against the desperate Rebels.

The damn eventually broke and it ended in heartbreak for the Force and the Waratahs.