It was an 18th Victory of their last 19 at GIO Stadium in Canberra to take them to the top of the five-team ladder with 14 points after three games of 10-round competition, five ahead of the Queensland Reds who have one game in hand

But they did it the hard way against a formidable rebel, whose skipper Matt To’omua scored eight out of eight penalties

You were suspended on the full-time siren between midnight and midnight when the Brumbies won a penalty in their own half Lonergan stepped forward to attempt a kick at an angle and dipped across the bar in a swirling breeze that was bullied by his teammates afterwards

“This is unreal, we used our card to leave the prison there,” said Brumbies captain Nic White

“But don’t be surprised by Lonergan, he does that all the time in training and it’s great to see him bring you into the game and nudge you for us”

The Rebels, who had narrowly lost to the Reds in their only other game to date, were physically and well defended to blunt the standard natural game of the Brumbies, but it still wasn’t enough

“I thought we were probably in control of our game for the most part, but to be honest I think we were the victims of our own poor discipline. Just a few stupid, atypical mistakes” To’omua only poked into the second Minute one penalty to get the Rebels to a Flyer, only for Noah Lolesio of the Brumbies to do the feat before To’omua struck again”

The rebels enjoyed early possession and To’omua started his third to give them a 9-3 lead

But the Brumbies stuck to their game plan, which culminated in Len Ikitau after a beautifully weighted kick from Lolesio

They maintained control but suffered a blow when Alan Alaalatoa was put on the red card at halftime for a dangerous duel. Under new rules, a player who has been kicked off can be replaced after 20 minutes

But in one massive game after the restart, the Brumbies were given a seven-point penalty attempt, and James Hansen of the Rebels was sentenced to sin for collapsing the mouth

Two more To’omua penalties brought the rebel lead back before an attempt by Tom Banks brought the momentum back to the Brumbies by nine minutes

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