The Brumbies opened their 2013 account with an impressive 24-6 victory over Australian conference rivals the Reds on Saturday.
The Brumbies opened their Super Rugby account with a solid 24-6 win over Australian conference rivals the Reds in Canberra on Saturday.
It wasn't pretty, in fact at times it was down right ugly.
But in the end, the Brumbies got the job done and it was a case of sweet revenge for the men from the Aussie capital after bowing out of last year's competition following their defeat to the Queenslanders.
Brumbies full-back Jesse Mogg bagged two tries and kicked two penalties for the home side, ending the match with a personal haul of 16 points.
The Reds, however, were kept try-less thanks to the Brumbies' rock-solid defence and could only manage two penalties through Mike Harris in the first half.
It was Harris who opened up the scoring early on in this dour encounter, before Mogg put his side in front after collecting Nic White's grubber kick to score in the corner. Christian Lealiifano was unable to add the extras from far out, and struggled to find his target with his first penalty shot soon after.
Harris – who had also been misfiring at goal – eventually landed his second penalty that saw the visitors lead for a short while, until White took over the goal-kicking for the Brumbies to help his team-mates to a slender 8-6 advantage at the break.
The scrappy encounter didn't get any better, but Brumbies fans weren't complaining as Ben Mowen's troops kept themselves ahead with two futher penalties from Mogg.
With the Reds needing to score twice to win and time running out, White then sealed the deal for his team with his second penalty of the night 40m out.
Looking for a consolation score, the Reds attacked from inside their 22 only for Mogg to intercept and hammer the final nail in the Queenslanders' coffin with a last-minute try.
Try: Mogg 2
Pen: White 2, Mogg 2
Pen: Harris 2
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 David Pocock, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Colby Faingaa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Joseph Tomane, 22 Robbie Coleman.
Reds: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Aidan Toua, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3 James Slipper (c), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 James Hanson, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Jono Lance, 22 Chris F'Sautia.
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)