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Live: Reds v Brumbies

The Brumbies survive a big second-half push from the Reds to close it out here at Suncorp Stadium. That win was built on a crushing first half effort when they really dominated the Reds and should have led by more than 10 points at the break. Queensland showed plenty of starch to really just grind their way back through sheer willpower but the fact is, they aren't putting things together this season. That's the third time they've lost by three points this season. They head into the bye now and need something special to make the finals from here. It's all systems go for the Brumbies, though, although we may hear more about Stephen Moore's punch on Ed Quirk.

FULLTIME Brumbies 23 Reds 20.

Reds lose it, Brumbies celebrate a win in very tough derby. Reds lose again in a tight one, Brumbies have the composure to close it out.

Reds have a line-out with 40 seconds left. Problem is, it's 80m from the tryline. Brumbies lead 23-20.

Brumbies ball! That might do it!

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Reds penalty at the scrum! What about that. Steve Walsh, harder to pick the Doncaster winner.

Brumbies playing tight, pick-and-drive rugby. Looking for the penalty you'd reckon but they get a scrum instead. All soaking up valuable time and they're at the right end of the park. Just three minutes to play and they lead by three.

Mistake early in the piece from the Brumbies. Reds scrum in front of their sticks. They'll be wanting to smash this down the other end. Six minutes to play the Brumbies lead by three. Anae on for Slipper for Queensland. That will add some bulk - he's a big lad.

And now a penalty to the Brumbies.... at range but White will surely tee this up. Nope... going for touch here. Well, well, well....

And that will do it... Ben Lucas kicks it miles out on the full. Did the Reds just blink first? Brumbies throw it in on halfway. Some very weary bodies out there.

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Genia stabs it deep and the Reds surge forth here. Going to be a wonderful final 10 minutes. 

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Reds crashing and banging their way forward here and earn another penalty. Quirk needs to add a few bits and bobs to his game but he's hard as a rock the young flanker. Drags himself off the deck and Cooper will have a shot... and he gets it. He's kicking well, Reds back within three points. Brumbies lead 23-20 with 11 minutes to play.

Schatz steals the Brumbies line-out but drops it as he carts it forward. Reds on a roll here and the Brumbies need some ball to settle the run of play, maybe work it towards a shot at goal for White. Huge momentum swing.

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And it's a TRY to Ed Quirk! Reds have awoken. Pushover try from the Brumbies scrum... how about that. It's 23-17 and game right on now. Quirk's first try and Capalaba goes wild.

Cooper over... try-saver from Tomane! Cooper was on the way down and Tomane with a huge show of strength to spin him over and pop it loose! Gutting for the Reds.... that was an inch away from being a try. But it's a scrum and the Reds might have scored after all! Stay tuned...

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Brumbies under the pump in a big way as the Reds bash and barge their way forward but the defence is too good. Reds just ran out of ideas there and they end up with a scrum feed 15m out. Brumbies immense in defence here... Reds need to stay patient. There's 20 minutes to go, Brumbies in charge 23-10.

Reds away! But Davies drops it under the tackle of Tomane! That was very close there for the Reds. The pass from Lucas to Davies was about 100m forward anyway, so doubt it would have stood. 

Davies away! But he runs away from his support and is isolated badly. Brumbies pounce. It's frantic now after 56 minutes. Brumbies in charge 23-10 and the Reds need to be the next to score you'd think. 

Reds rumbling away here and the noise has gone up about 10 levels. Reds hitting the line harder now. Amazing what a punch to the face can do to a side's motivation levels. But Brumbies holding firm.

That was bonkers. Anyway, might light a fire under things here. A cynical penalty against the Brumbies there and the Reds now piling on the pressure. Righto, this is fun now. Knife-edge stuff.

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