The Reds held on to beat last year's Super Rugby finalists the Brumbies 17-27 in their season opener in Canberra on Saturday.
The Reds have played the Brumbies 12 times in Canberra and have only won twice in 18 years.
The victory has the added value for the Reds as not only is it an away win but the result also denies the Brumbies from taking any points from the match.
The Reds outscored the Brumbies by three tries to one and but needed a massive defensive effort in the second half which won them the match.
The Reds came under immense pressure from the Brumbies in the closing stages but Jesse Mogg knocked a ball on and lost control of the ball which allowed Chris Feauai-Sautia to score a late try which sealed the result.
The Reds scored first half tries through former Waratahs winger Lachie Turner and Aidan Toua to lead 17-9 at halftime but were under heavy defensive pressure throughout the second half which was only relieved by Feauai-Sautia's late try.
That try came from an uncharacteristic mistake by Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg who, on a night of mixed fortunes, scored all of his team's points but was also held up over the goalline and knocked the ball on in defence to allow the Reds' last score.
The Reds had clung to a 20-17 lead for 15 minutes against a Brumbies team which had enjoyed massive advantages of territory and possession throughout the second half.
Desperate to break out of their own territory, they had kicked for touch from a defensive penalty which swerved infield towards Mogg, standing a few meters from his own goalline.
The missed touch seemed a critical error which would have given the Brumbies possession in the dying minutes of the match and the chance to achieve a score and a come-from-behind victory.
Instead, Mogg momentarily took his eye from the ball, knocked on and, before he had a chance to recover, was harried by Feauai-Sautia who gathered possession and dashed across the line to score. Quade Cooper added the conversion to finish with 12 points which embellished a sound tactical performance.
Mogg scored the Brumbies' only try in the 53rd minute to bring them within three points of the Reds at 20-17.
The Reds were reduced to 14 men by the sin-binning of prop Greg Holmes and the Brumbies elected to take a scrum from the ensuing penalty. They won the ball with a one-man advantage at the scrum, swung the ball wide and Mogg hit the line at pace from fullback to cut through a hole in the defence and score.
He missed the conversion and then, at greater cost to his team, missed a 71st minute penalty from close range which would have tied the scores.
The Queenslanders had enjoyed a strong first half, scoring two opportunist tries. They first created an overlap for Turner in the 16th minute and then introduced a bright new talent when Toua scored five minutes later.
Cooper threw an accurate, flat pass to the fullback who, after brushing off the first tackle, found himself in space and showed pace and strength to score.
Mogg kept his team in the match with penalties, landing four from six attempts before scoring the try that brought the Brumbies into the match midway through the second half.
Despite their advantages of possession and almost relentless pressure, the Brumbies weren't able to break down the Reds defence again.
Final Score Brumbies 17 (9) Reds 27 (17)
Tries - J.Mogg
Pen - J.Mogg 3, N.White
Tries - L.Turner, A. Toua, C. Feauai-Sautia
Pen - Q.Cooper 2
Con - Q.Cooper 3
Cards - G. Holmes (Yellow 53rd min)
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Ian Smith
TMO:Steve Steve Leszczynski
1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Scott Fardy , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Ben Mowen (C) , 7. David Pocock , 8. Jarrad Butler , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Joe Tomane , 12. Pat McCabe , 13. Andrew Smith , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg
Replacements : 16. Siliva Siliva , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Ruaidhri Murphy , 19. Leon Power , 20. Lachlan McCaffrey , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Tevita Kuridrani , 23. Lionel Cronje
1. James Slipper, 2. Saia Fainga'a, 3. Greg Holmes, 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C), 6. Eddie Quirk, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Jake Schatz, 9. Will Genia (VC), 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Dom Shipperley, 12. Mike Harris, 13. Ben Tapuai, 14. Lachie Turner, 15. Aidan Toua
Replacements : 16. James Hanson, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Jono Owen, 19. Ed O'Donoghue, 20. Beau Robinson, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Anthony Fainga'a, 23. Chris Feauai-Sautia