CANBERRA - The Queensland Reds have kicked off their 2014 Super Rugby campaign in sensational fashion, holding off the fast-finishing Brumbies 27-17 in Canberra.
Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg had a night to forget, missing a penalty to draw the scores level in the 73rd minute, then dropping the ball cold on his line at the death to gift reserve Reds outside back Chris Feauai-Sautia the match-sealing try.
Wallabies No.10 Quade Cooper was brilliant for the visitors, throwing pinpoint long passes for the Reds' first two tries as well as kicking 12 points in front of a crowd of 13,670 at Canberra Stadium,.
Former Waratahs winger Lachlan Turner also had a brilliant night in his new colours, scoring the opening try and making three desperate tackles in the Reds' last line of defence in the first half, which included holding up Mogg over the line in the 30th minute.
Meanwhile Brumbies star flanker David Pocock was solid in his first professional match since injuring his knee 11 months ago, forcing the odd turnover.
The Reds were in control until a yellow card to prop Greg Holmes in the 53rd minute, the Brumbies making the most of the numerical advantage through a try to fullback Jesse Mogg to narrow the gap to 20-17.
Despite the departure of their World Cup-winning coach Jake White late last year, the Brumbies didn't stray far from the territorial based game plan that took them to last year's grand final.
However a steady breeze saw several of their kicks drift out into touch on the full, including two first-half restarts.
The Brumbies struggled to find an answer for the Reds' dominant defence, often peddling backwards before kicking away possession.