Force 14 Brumbies 27
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.
Super Rugby: Force v ACT Brumbies
Stephen Moore of the Brumbies looks to fend off a tackle by Tetera Faulkner of the Force. Photo: Getty Images
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|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.