Reds captain James Horwill says that their 27-13 loss to the Cheetahs was a "disappointing" result as they missed the chance to go to the top of the Australian Conference.
The Brumbies lost to the Waratahs in Sydney which gave the Reds a chance to overtake the Australian Conference leaders and move into the top three.
However, their inability to finish promising attacks, coupled with several unforced errors, meant the visitors had to play catch-up from the first whistle.
The Reds also had four our of five TMO try decisions go against them in the match.
"It was a disappointing night for us," Reds captain James Horwill said.
"We did all the things that we said we didn't want to do. We gave the Cheetahs a lot of unstructured ball to play with and didn't hold on to our own possession."
"We were very loose. We wanted to be direct in our approach and hold on to the ball."
"We wanted to put them under pressure, but we couldn't build pressure because of all the mistakes."
Horwill complimented the Cheetahs on a solid defensive performance.
"They worked very hard on defence and were very desperate," he said.
"We needed to be better in our attack and they were very desperate on defence to hold us out.
"We are two very attack-minded sides that want to play and that showed in the amount of running that was out there."