Team Sweden cruises past Switzerland at Canada Cup rugby tournament

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Team Sweden built an early lead 10-point then coasted to a 53-38 victory over Team Switzerland Friday to register their first victory at the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

Sweden, ranked sixth in the world, held a 26-17 half-time lead over the Swiss, who are ranked 14th.
“We started off good, as planned,” said Sweden’s Tomas Hjert. “Maybe we got a bit comfortable because we stepped back a little bit.

“All in all it’s a solid win and we are happy about it.”

Team Sweden evened their record at 1-1. They had lost their opening game 54-44 to Canada Thursday. Switzerland is 0-1.

“We got a solid lead, then we started to sub around, and everybody got some playing time,” said Hjert. “We just wanted a solid win.”

The tournament is being held at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The games are being streamed at and

Every team will play each other in this unique round robin format. The competition ends Sunday.