Brumbies coach Jake White has paid tribute to the effort put in by his forwards in their 24-6 victory over the Reds in Canberra.
White took charge of the Brumbies in 2012 but as his team lost both of their matches last season this was White's first taste of victory over the Reds.
Head Coach Jake White was pleased with the start to the season, particularly keeping a clean sheet against a backline littered with Wallabies.
"They're a good side, they won the conference last year and for the first half we had to adjust to how hard they are on the ball so we could play our own game," White said.
"We've been working hard and talking about this game for a long time for a number of reasons. "
"One we slacked off last year, two we're playing the champions and thirdly they have 16 train-on Wallabies."
"So credit to our team we showed we will be hard to beat at this level.
"Watching the Reds at their last trial matches they scored five tries off pick and drives - we knew we'd have to stand up and stop them at the side of the ruck and I was pleased with the way our forwards stood up today and took them on."
The Brumbies are at home in Canberra again next weekend as they host the Hurricanes who they have not beaten since 2010.