Former Springbok coach Jake White said that the Brumbies had made too many mistakes under pressure in the Super Rugby final to win the match but he still thought they could snatch it.
The Brumbies reached the Super Rugby final by beating the Bulls 23-26 in the Pretoria Semi-final last weekend but then lost the final 27-22 in Hamilton.
All of the Brumbies points were scored by Wallabies centre Christian Lealiifano who was the hero of the day for the Canberra franchise.
White, the 2007 World Cup-winning Springboks coach, and assistant Laurie Fisher lifted a Brumbies team wearied by two weeks of continuous travel for one last, massive effort as they attempted to win their third Super Rugby title and first since 2004.
White, who in the space of two seasons has transformed the team from a spent force into title contenders, was disappointed to see victory slip away in the dying stages.
"Last week we were dead and buried in the 78th minute and we ended up winning (against the Bulls) and I had a little feeling it might happen again tonight," he said.
The Brumbies executed a carefully structured game-plan with clinical precision to lead the defending champion Chiefs 22-12 with three-quarters of the match gone but they fatigue kicked in and the Chiefs edged ahead.
"Obviously you have to be a bit disappointed in that."
"I don't want to single out players in our squad but there were a lot of mistakes that were made when the pressure was on, and that happens in finals."