Canada’s hopes of a gold medal were dashed today with a 54-43 loss against Australia at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. Due to the tournament’s round-robin format, Canada’s medal hopes now depend on the performance of other teams, and a win against USA tomorrow at 2:30 pm.
“Sometimes it’s hard to say what team is going to show up,” said head coach Kevin Orr. “When we play our style of play, we’re awesome. When we don’t, it’s ugly.”
RICHMOND, B.C. Team Australia shook off some early cobwebs to build a three-point lead early in the fourth quarter and went on to defeat Team Japan 63-58 in their opening match Friday at the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.
Australia, the defending Paralympic gold medalists and 2014 world champions, held a slim 46-45 lead after three quarters. With 6:31 left in the final quarter, Ryley Batt picked up a loose ball and streaked down the court for a point that gave the Aussies a 49-46 lead. That allowed them to control the pace for the rest of the match.