Highlanders winger Sio Tomkinson has been slapped with a three-week suspension for his hit on Tom Banks, but that will be of little comfort to the Brumbies.
Agonising losses by the Brumbies and Reds over the weekend means the collective cross-conference record of the Australian teams sits at 0-6. It is not what Rugby Australia needs amid its broadcast negotiations.
The Stormers shot to the top of the South African conference with a breakthrough win on the Highveld, the Cape Town-based franchise joining the Chiefs out in front.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has suggested Super Rugby officials are not following the strict red card precedent set at the World Cup last year.
Queensland Reds produced their best 40 minutes of the season to date, but it proved in vain as the Jaguares powered home after halftime aided considerably by a 14-3 penalty count.
The Highlanders have stolen a Super Rugby victory from the Brumbies in Canberra after scoring a converted try in the 84th minute to win 23-22 on Saturday night.