The ACT brumbies have held off a resurgent Waikato Chiefs outfit in thrilling fashion, 32-30 at Canberra Stadium in their Super Rugby qualifying final clash on Saturday night.
It ws all one way traffic to the Brumbies in the first half, but an inspired Chiefs comeback had the homeside on the ropes.
With 20 minutes to go the scores were locked at 25-all, before Brumy Jarrad Butler scored to extend the lead back to a converted try.
But with four minutes left the Chiefs crossed the line in the corner, but with skipper Aaron Cruden missing tyhe conversion, the Brumbies were handed their win.
The Brumbies played out an attacking and energetic first half, racing to a big 22-10 half time lead against the Chiefs.
It was one way traffic so far at the home of the Brumbies, who had kept the Chiefs try-less until two minutes before half time.
The visitors simply struggled for clean ball, field position, and any chance to score in the match, and will need to fill the holes in their defence if they are a chance to come back in this game.
Inside centre Bundee Aki was their sole try-scorer of the half.
For the Brumbies it has been a surprisingly energetic game thus far, but it is evidence of how desperate they are to go through this finals series.
And, of course, to get their grand final vengence of last year in this rematch of the championship game from last season.
Nic White and Matt Toomua were superb in the halves, but without the forwards having had to do too much work, have utilised spreding the ball to their attacking weapons of Robbie Coleman, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani and Jesse Mogg.
They all found space with ease, and that is how the score is how it is.
White was the first to score in the 10th minute from close range, while a sprinting Jesse Mogg found space just a minute later and found Coleman who dived over.
The Chiefs then cleaned up for a bit, but again Mogg found himself in the action, this time scoring in the right hand corner.
The second half then unfolded, with the Chiefs answering an early Brumbies penalty goal with tries to Kerr-Barlow and Nanai-Williams.
The Brumbies will now either face the NSW Waratahs in Sydney or the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch depending on other results, while the defending champions have now finished their season.