The Chiefs defended their Super Rugby title with a come-from-behind 27-22 win over a brave Brumbies side in Hamilton on Saturday night.

The Brumbies were 10 points ahead of their hosts with 20 minutes to play, but two quick tries saw the Chiefs claim a second title after winning their first last year on their home turf.

Christian Lealiifano, who scored all of the Brumbies points on the night, helped his side to a 16-9 half-time lead with three penalty kicks before scything through the Chiefs back-line to score a try a minute before half-time.

The Wallabies inside centre kicked two more penalties before the hour mark to put the Brumbies 22-12 up.

But the momentum swung the Chiefs' way when Liam Messam burst through to score the hosts' first try.

Robbie Robinson then cut through the Brumbies defence to give the defending champions the lead for the first time in the match, before Aaron Cruden booted home another penalty to extend the lead to five points.

A disappointed Stephen Moore said his Brumbies side failed to build on a winning position, but could be proud of the quality of their play.

"It was hard, we knew it was going to be and I thought we controlled the game for a long time," Moore told Grandstand.

"But unfortunately we didn't make it count at the end.

"We let them back in and that's the way it goes. It's pretty disappointing obviously, but we'll keep our heads up.

"We put ourselves in a position to win that game, but thanks to everyone for coming over to support us ... hopefully we did everyone proud."

27 (L Messam, R Robinson tries; A Cruden 5/7 pens, 1/1 cons)

22 (C Lealiifano try, 1/1 cons, 5/5 pens; N White 0/1 pens; J Mogg 0/1 pens)