The first 40 did belong to the Queensland Reds, having fired off well with two tries plus the penalty goal.
Jock Campbell, who plays at full-back for the Reds, made plenty of offloads using the pace & visionary.
His presence in the attack assisted Liam Wright and Chris Feauai-Sautia with the successful finishing.
But the Brumbies fired back with the late touchdown from Pete Samu before half-time thanks to the winning penalty where they held the Reds’ build-up play with little support to release the ball.
Half-Time: Reds 18-7 Brumbies
The Brumbies have plenty of chances to pick up more on areas that fell apart in the first half.
However, the lack of support build-up play alongside poor communication and discipline from the backline, which made it hard to defend.
Instead, the Reds have their way to extend the scoreboard line to 21-5 via the penalty goal.
And scrum-half Tate McDermott summed up the night thanks to the cross-kick assist from Bryce Hegarty on the far right before he spotted the Brumbies weakness with the grab & touchdown.
Full-Time: Reds 26-7 Brumbies
The Brumbies now have two losses this Super Rugby AU against the Rebels in Week 5 & tonight v the Reds.
It doesn’t mean the Brumbies have to face the qualifying final, having won all of the remaining games to finish top spot.
They have the first pick for an automatic grand final berth at home, GIO Stadium in Canberra, with two weeks to prepare from now.
The Reds come home in 2nd in the Super Rugby AU ladder with a draw, five wins, and two losses.
Next Saturday, the Reds will host once again at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane against the Melbourne Rebels.
Melbourne Rebels earlier today just made it to the finals for the first time thanks to a 34-30 win v the Western Force that is enough to push the NSW Waratahs out of the Playoff picture in 4th place.
And for the Western Force, it’s great that they’re back within the Rugby Australia hands.
Yes, it’s hard to see that the Force didn’t win any of their eight games this season.
But that side has vast experience that can teach the youth a thing or two in the forwards’ pack and some backline coming from their respective stints in Europe.
So there’s no doubt that the Force will make progress as it goes whenever Rugby Australia ends up with an eight-team standalone or Trans-Tasman format in the next few years.