Australia test fullback Julian Huxley was taken to hospital for scans on his neck following a third-minute tackle, and his ACT Brumbies went on to beat the Queensland Reds 43-11 in a Super 14 match Saturday.
The match was held up for about six minutes as medical staff attended to Huxley, who was knocked down while attempting a front-on tackle on Reds lock James Horwill.
The Wallaby fullback convulsed on the ground as opponents Chris Latham and Morgan Turinui rushed to assist him. Medical staff worked to place Huxley on a medicab before he was slowly wheeled from the ground with his neck in a brace.
A Brumbies spokesman said Huxley suffered a head injury and was taken by ambulance to hospital for precautionary scans on his neck. There was no word on his condition late Saturday.
Huxley's loss seemed to inspire the Brumbies, who ensured Queensland remained without a win in Canberra in eight attempts.
The ACT scored six tries to one, with lock Mark Chisolm scoring twice in the second half and Mark Gerrard, Ben Alexander, Peter Playford and Stephen Hoiles also crossing for five-pointers.
Gerrard, who took over for Huxley at fullback, converted five of the tries and also booted a penalty goal.
John Roe scored a try in his 100th game for the Reds while Clinton Schifcofske kicked two penalty goals in his first match in the national capital since leaving National Rugby League side the Canberra Raiders.
Leading 10-3 at halftime, the Brumbies extended the margin to 17-6 when Chisolm waltzed through a gaping hole to go over untouched in the 50th minute. The lead was 24-6 when the lock got his second in the 58th after a classy flick pass from George Smith allowed the ball to be swept wide.
Alexander secured the bonus point when he barged over in the 71st minute before Playford and Hoiles crossed in the 77th and 78th minutes.
ACT coach Laurie Fisher rated the win a big one.
"That's right up there I tell you," said Fisher. "To spank them so comprehensively is very, very satisfying."
Reds coach Phil Mooney said his team, which finished in last place in 2007, played poorly.
"Clearly that wasn't up to the mark for us," he said. "We've clearly got to look at our selection options. We've got a lot to work on, so it's back to basics."
ACT 43 (Mark Chisholm 2, Ben Alexander, Mark Gerrard, Stephen Hoiles, Peter Playford tries, Gerrard 5 conversions, penalty), Queensland 11 (John Roe try, Clinton Schifcofske 2 penalties).