The Reds defense lost penalties around the side, high tackle & not staying on their territory.
It cost them the early lead to the Brumbies thanks to Folau Faingaa.
The maul from the Brumbies stayed straight with Faingaa’s physical muscle going forward.
His work helped the opposition defense collapse sideways before he touched down low for the TRY.
The Reds continued to struggle with the finishing, which led to more disciplinary mistakes.
Again, it cost the Reds another seven points when Folau Faingaa successfully driven the maul on the run home.
Despite the Brumbies’ fantastic start in the attack, their defensive levels do match the Reds.
James O’Connor successfully grabbed the late penalty goal for three points.
The Reds thought they bounced back the momentum with the much-needed TRY.
But the high tackle from Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to Tom Wright denied the Queensland based side the five points.
HALF-TIME: Brumbies 14-3 Reds
Immediately, the Reds have improved patiently in the attack this time around.
Having seen Hunter Paisami spread on the left, Jordan Petaia ran around the side with his tricky footwork.
His visionary in spotting some space helped Harry Wilson complete the touchdown.
Not long later, Angus Blyth held up the Brumbies build-up attack and helped the Reds cash in another big score.
Again, the Reds remained patient on the run home with the linebreak from Filipo Daugunu in the middle.
Daugunu’s linebreak helped the forwards touch down thanks to Angus Scott-Young.
The Brumbies continued to lose momentum with the discipline with the offside.
Again, that cost them another three points via the penalty goal.
But when Connal McInerney came on, he turned the ship around for the Brumbies.
First up, the James O’Connor failed penalty kick plus a fumble saw McInerney cashed in the touch down himself.
Like Faingaa, McInerney got the push from Irae Simone when he held down low that helped the home team close the lead by one point.
Then Filipo Daugunu didn’t know the game was still on before Tom Banks dragged him into touch.
Unfortunately, the lack of support from Daugunu saw the Reds defend under pressure.
It slapped a penalty against Fraser McWright in unfairly turning the ball as the No.9.
Only a real scrum-half can turn over legally as substitute No.9 Tate McDermott couldn’t come back on time.
And it ultimately cost the game when Mack Hansen kicked the winning penalty goal that sealed the last-minute win for the Brumbies by 2 points, 22-20.