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Hugh McMeniman and Pat McCabe suffer neck injuries as Brumbies beat Force

Force 14 Brumbies 27

Sam Carter of the Brumbies breaks away.

Sam Carter of the Brumbies breaks away. Photo: Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies' first win of the Super Rugby season may have come at a cost with inside centre Pat McCabe taken to hospital in a neck brace in Perth on Saturday night.

While the Brumbies secured their first four points of the 2014 campaign with a 27-14 victory, they had two injury scares with McCabe and David Pocock both unable to finish the game.

The doctor examined McCabe's neck out on the field just before half-time and he didn't return for the second half.

Stephen Moore of the Brumbies looks to fend off a tackle by Tetera Faulkner of the Force. Click for more photos

Super Rugby: Force v ACT Brumbies

The Force host the Brumbies at nib Stadium in Perth. Which team will win its first match of the 2104 season? Photo: Getty Images

Force versus Brumbies
View Match Statistics
Players Hayward (76min), McCalman (80min) Tries 2 Tries 3 Players Fardy (8min), Mogg (14min), Coleman (22min)
Players Ebersohn 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 3 Players White 3/3 (100%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 2 Players White 2/3 (66%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players

He was playing just his second Super Rugby game back after suffering his second broken neck in the last 15 months.

The 25-year-old first hurt his neck playing for the Wallabies on their European spring tour in November 2012 and then re-injured it against the British and Irish Lions last year.

He was taken straight to hospital for scans and Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham was hopeful they would clear him of any serious damage before Sunday morning.

''We've taken him there as a precaution, we just want to make sure everything's alright with him,'' Larkham told Fairfax Media.

''He's getting a scan ... that's happening as we speak so I'm waiting to hear back from the doctor.

''He got through the first half okay.''

There were also concerns over Pocock's knee and he was replaced towards the end of the comfortable win, coming off with a slight limp.

He was playing just his second back from a knee reconstruction after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last year.

But Larkham said he should be fine.

''There was a bit of concern that he might have injured his knee, but he feels pretty good now,'' he said.

''There's no pain, he's walking around fine, so we're hoping that's okay as well.

''We'll wait and see, the doctor's obviously with Patty at the moment and we'll wait until she gets back to make a further assessment on that, but I'm fairly confident that that one will be okay.''

The Brumbies ran in three first-half tries to notch their first victory of the season, but they couldn't land the bonus-point fourth try.

The Force, who conceded six tries against the Waratahs last weekend, were held scoreless until Jayden Hayward scored a consolation try in the 77th minute.

Force No.8 Ben McCalman scored another try after the final siren to add some respectability to the scoreboard.

The Brumbies entered the match desperate for a win following a 27-17 loss to the Reds and they had three tries on the board inside 23 minutes.

Scott Fardy, Jesse Mogg and Robbie Coleman all capitalised on the Brumbies' slick work in attack, finding gaps in an overwhelmed Force defence.

Fullback Mogg was sent to the sin bin in the 29th minute after lifting an opponent in the ruck.

But his 10-minute absence didn't faze the Brumbies, who held firm before adding a penalty on the half-time siren to enter the break with a 24-0 lead.

Wallaby Hugh McMeniman, who missed the second half of last season after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction, was stretchered off in the 36th minute after hurting his neck while making a drive towards the tryline.

with AAP


7 comments so far

  • Another neck injury for Pat McCabe is a real concern particularly since he has only just returned from his last one. I hope this isn't a case of desire to get back on the field overriding good sense. Take care Pat.

    Date and time
    March 02, 2014, 9:50AM
    • Without knowing the specifics of McCabe's injuries, I think it's time somebody (family or Brumbies) tapped him on the shoulder and said it's time to give the game away. He's had a good run and future S15 success (because he'll never play for the Wallabies again) is not worth the risk of never walking again.

      Date and time
      March 02, 2014, 12:47PM
      • Tough times for the Western force.
        Another woeful performance by the Western Force. The ARU should allow them more foreign imports, to be more competitive, as OZ rugby doesn't have enough local depth to field 5 good competitive teams.

        Thrashed by the Tahs last week and dominated by the Brumbies, the ARU should change the foreign import rules for the Force and Melbourne rebels. The developmental imports rule is wish washy, all OZ Super rugby sides should be allowed 5-8 foreign imports to be competitive. You'd still get 25 local players at each team signing, and if OZ gets a 6th Super rugby side another 25.

        5-8 foreign imports would increase the depth and competitiveness, of the Western Force. In the EPL soccer, there is unlimited foreign imports, fans still turn up to Man United,Man City, Chelsea games, when little local content. Fans wanna see the best players, local or foreign, like EPL,French rugby,IPL cricket.

        The NRL allows unlimited foreign imports. The A-league allows 5 per team.

        Fans just wanna see winners, and winning teams to support. Crowds,TV ratings $$, would all go up for the ARU, if the Force had a better side. And we don't have enough depth in OZ rugby, foreign imports will easily solve that problem, 5-8, or even 10 whatever it takes to make our Super rugby sides more competitive.

        Because if the Force, keep losing with inferior local talent, there will be no Western Force left. Step up ARU, and help the Western Force out, and be less Sydney centric which has always been Australian rugby's problem.

        Date and time
        March 02, 2014, 1:32PM
        • Did you see the Rebels play this week?

          Date and time
          March 02, 2014, 4:33PM
        • That is absolute garbage about players from OS. I agree with a need for new players at the Force, but you cannot have all imports. Would not work at all.

          Date and time
          March 02, 2014, 5:54PM
        • Well Winst, if not OS where then coz the local depth in OZ, is currently not good enough!

          Date and time
          March 02, 2014, 6:47PM
      • McMeniman was injured when a brumbies lock (possibly fardy) twisted his head around in the bottom of a ruck on the Force goal line - a cowardly act and it should be investigated.

        The Force is playing to the level of their coach - mediocre. Get a real coach for everyones sake.... and he caps it off with abysmal team selection...

        The Force have always lacked attitude, passion and aggression except when playing under Mitchell; but then you had players who were wrapped up in their own ego and more concerned about their hair dressers than the team they were to play the next Saturday.

        Currently they rave about a kid who weighs 87 kilograms playing 2nd 5, an evasive player yes but Nonu weighs between 105 & 110 kilograms as does SBW. Good luck with that.

        Date and time
        March 02, 2014, 4:46PM

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