Cape Town - The Brumbies on Saturday qualified for the Super Rugby quarter-finals after beating the Western Force 24-10 at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
There were no points scored in the second half but the Brumbies did just enough to hold off the Force.
The Brumbies are the only Australia team to have qualified for the playoffs.
They will host the Highlanders in next week's quarter-finals in Canberra.
The Brumbies went into the match against the Force knowing they could afford to lose the match and still finish ahead of the Waratahs if they gained a bonus point.
However, they never looked like losing against the injury-ravaged Force, who were outgunned in almost every position.
The Brumbies scored three tries to one but will know they need to improve markedly when they host defending champions next weekend.
The Highlanders earlier defeated the Chiefs 25-15 in a high quality game to book their spot against the Brumbies.
Tries: Matt Toomua, penalty try, Tevita Kuridrani
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (2), Toomua
Try: Ben Tapuai
Conversion: Ian Prior
15 Aidan Toua 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 1Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Lausii Taliauli
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan (captain), 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Rory Walton, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Semisi Masirewa