Brumbies coach Jake White says that even they drew with the Reds in Brisbane his team's defensive effort made him proud.
Despite scoring three tries to one and facing two, 10-minutes spells of 14 men, the Reds couldn't put the Brumbies away in a game they never led but constantly challenged.
The final 15 minutes of play was all Reds as they mounted wave after wave of attack to try and bury the Brumbies.
Yellow cards to Christian Lealiifano and Scott Sio had the Brumbies on the backfoot for long spells in both halves and the Reds will probably regret not making the most of those passages of play.
Liam Gill claimed the Reds third try with minutes to play, evening the score and keeping the 38,404 Queensland supporters on the edge of their seats.
Having won the opening encounter against the Reds in round one, the draw returns the Rod Macqueen Cup to Canberra after the Reds took it to Brisbane for the first time in 2012.
"You're never happy when you draw a game you always want to win, but considering we played a quarter of the game with 14 men and they had so many cracks at our line, when you see a defensive effort like that you have to be proud," said White.
"We got the Rod Macqueen Cup, so that's fantastic. When you come up to Suncorp it's a daunting task."
"You're not going to get asked too many more questions than having guys like (Will) Genia and (Quade) Cooper running at you all evening."
"You can't coach that last 20 minutes of defence. You can implements systems and build strength but at the end of the day that came down to guts and determination.
"Winning the championship is still a long way off but that defensive record at the end is something you stick in your memory bank."