Queensland stepped up their challenge when they had the wind at their backs in the second-half but Connacht defended stoutly until the final moments when they conceded two late tries.
The pace of the Connacht backline was noteworthy in the opening half and left-winger Mike Roberts crossed for two tries either side of an effort from full-back Fionn Carr, who ran from just infront of his own posts after a bone-crunching John Muldoon tackle ended a promising Reds' attack.
There was much to admire about this Connacht performance although they will be far from happy with a messy finish which resulted in tries from Reds' scrum-half Brendan McKibbin and No.8 Leroy Houston, the latter scoring when Connacht were reduced to thirteen after Colm Rigney and John Muldoon were yellow-carded for infringements in quick succession.
Tries: Roberts (2), Carr
Cons: Keatley (3)
Tries: McKibbin, Houston.
Connacht: F Carr; L Bibo, G Duffy, KMatthews, M Roberts; I Keatley, F Murphy; B Wilkinson, S Cronin, R Morris; MMcCarthy, A Farley; J Muldoon, R Ofisa, C Rigney.
Replacements: J Hearty for Roberts, 48mins; R Loughney for Wilkinson, 52 mins; M Swift for Farley, 53 mins; JO'Connor for McCarthy, 64 mins; F Murphy for Campbell, 67 mins; A Wynne forBibo, 67 mins.
Queensland Reds: R Davies; L Morahan, MTurinui, A Faingaa, A Toua; J Lance, B McKibbin; S Seimonek, J Hanson, JKennedy; V Humphries, R Simmons; S Higginbotham, P Luafutu, L Houston.
Replacements: A Byrnes for Simmons, 29mins; A Anae for Hanson, 52 mins; C Fetoai for Lance, 52 mins; Lance forMcKibbin, 60 mins; J Schatz for Higginbotham, 62 mins; J Harvey for Morahan, 62mins; McKibbin for Lance, 67 mins.
Referee: P Fitzgibbon (IRFU).