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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Blaine Gabbert had the stage to himself in San Franciscos quarterback competition with Colin Kaepernick nursing a sore shoulder and provided a strong finish to an uneven performance in the exhibition opener.Gabbert overcame a shaky start to throw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald before the Houston Texans rallied in the second half against San Franciscos reserves to beat the 49ers 24-13 on Sunday.There were ups and downs, Gabbert said. But we saw when we got into the groove what we can do as a unit.Brock Osweiler didnt fare as well in his Texans debut, failing to lead Houston to any points in three drives. Houston got on the board early when John Simon returned a fumble by Carlos Hyde 41 yards for a touchdown but struggled to generate any offense with its starters.Was it completely what I wanted tonight? Absolutely not. But rarely is it ever, Osweiler said. I think the biggest thing about tonight is we did some really good things offensively and we know we have some things that we need to work on and grow and get better at.With Kaepernick sitting out with tightness in his throwing shoulder, Gabbert got to make his case in the battle to win San Franciscos starting quarterback job for first-year coach Chip Kelly.Gabbert, who started the final eight games last season, did little to improve his position in the first two drives. He was off-target on his first two passes as San Francisco went three-and-out in 41 seconds on the opening drive and started the game 1 for 6 overall.But he was much more effective on the third drive when he scrambled 13 yards for a first down and then hit McDonald for the long score when Benardrick McKinney slipped in coverage.The good thing is that he did settle down, Kelly said. There were some real positives that we can build on but there were some throws that even if you ask Blaine, hed say he wished he had those back.Gabbert finished 4 for 10 for 63 yards and a touchdown.Osweiler, who signed a $72 million, four-year contract with Houston in the offseason, went 4 for 7 for 27 yards. He took one sack and left for good after throwing an incomplete pass to Braxton Miller on fourth down early in the second quarter.To put on the Texan uniform, and run out of the tunnel as a team for the first time, it was certainly special, Osweiler said.Tom Savage threw two TD passes in the second half for Houston, connecting on a 9-yarder to former California receiver Stephen Anderson and a 9-yarder to Akeem Hunt in the fourth quarter.ROOKIE WATCHTexans: Miller, a third-round pick, had four catches for 34 yards, including an acrobatic 24-yard gain in the third quarter from Savage. 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St Kildas Dylan Roberton predicts a handful of his AFL sides defenders will be needed to curb the influence of Sydney superstar Lance Franklin.The Saints will stay in the mix for finals on Saturday if they manage to upset the Swans at Etihad Stadium and North Melbourne lose to Hawthorn at the MCG.Shutting down the influence of Franklin will boost their hopes of a victory immensely.Franklin has lost ground in the race for the Coleman medal during recent weeks but St Kilda will remember the season-high haul of nine goals he kicked against their side in 2014.And as Roberton points out, the 29-year-old remains a potent force no matter where he is on the ground.Buddy Franklin can do it all, the rebounding defender said.Obviously he can run all day. Weve got a few people that can go with him. Gilbo (Sam Gilbert) can probably run with him when hes higher up the ground.Chips (Sam Fisher) when hes deep and then hopefully Sean Dempster can come across the top and take a few intercept marks.Were just going to havee to try and win our one-on-ones and when we can look to support.ddddddddddddoberton, who will play his 100th game this weekend, noted St Kildas defence will learn plenty no matter what happens.We are a bit undersized this year, so the taller teams .. theyve really tested our ability to play one on one, he said.Were getting better ... were building and next year, getting Jake Carlisle back will really strengthen us up.Roberton suggested the prospect of featuring in finals - slim as it is - wasnt on his mind.None of us get carried away with that, because where weve come from it has never really been on our radar at this time of the year, he said.Were still relying on other teams dropping games. Thats not where we want to be.Weve got at least three weeks left and need to make the most of it, starting with the Pride Game against Sydney which is going to be massive for the club. ' ' '

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