Tonight in Sydney wheelchair rugby rivals faced off for the final game of pool play in the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship. The U.S. came into the match undefeated while Canada was looking to find their first win of the tournament.
Off to a quick start, the score remained close at the end of the first quarter with the U.S. up 15-13. The quick game pace continued in the second, with the U.S. extending their lead, going up by five after Chuck Aoki intercepted a pass with 5:10 left in the quarter. Another great defensive move by Aoki who stripped the ball with 56 seconds left in the half allowed the U.S. to go into half time up by seven trys, 30-23.
Canada came out for the first score of the second half but were unable to match the Americans’ game. At the end of three the lead had extended to 10 with the U.S. up 43-33. The gap proved too significant for Canada to overcome and the U.S. took the win at the end of four 54-47.
U.S. A. coupled an explosive offense with strong defense that was evident in all four quarters tonight. The Americans will look to keep that balance in place as crossover play begins Thursday. The win over Canada brings the Eagles to 4-0 in the tournament. Finishing at the top of Pool B, the U.S. will advance to play Japan at 12:30 a.m. CST Thursday, August 9th. The winner of that match will advance to Friday’s gold medal final.
Be sure to watch Thursday’s important crossover match up here. For a full set of results including the detailed schedule of Thursday and Friday play visit the event site. Highlights for the U.S. will be posted daily at usawr.org.