For the first time in its history, the Canadian wheelchair rugby team will not be in the semi-finals of the Paralympic Games.
Opposed to the American formation, silver medalist of the Rio Games in 2016, the troop of the head coach Patrick CÃ´tÃ © suffered a second Lost in a row, this time at 58-54.
The task promised to be difficult for the Canadian team. She did well until the third quarter, but the Americans came back to take her away.
The two countries were neck and neck for most of the first half, swapping a few possessions in the process. The Canadiens managed to score three straight tries in the first quarter to take a 13-12 lead. The representatives of the United States, however, fought back before the end of the engagement.
Thanks to a solid performance in the second quarter, the Maple Leaf players were able to forge a 28-27 lead going into the half. Led by a fit Charles Aoki, the United States then left the Canadians behind in the final 16 minutes of play to head to their second victory in Tokyo.
Zak Madell was Canada’s leading scorer thanks to 31 tries, a man who was used throughout the game. Michael Whitehead has also been productive with nine successes.
Among Quebecers, veterans Fabien Lavoie and Patrice Simard were not used by coach Patrick CÃ´tÃ ©. Anthony Letourneau was on the field for just under two minutes.
Great Britain’s victory over New Zealand means that the Canadians cannot finish the preliminary round among the top two teams in Group B. They will face the Neas. o-Zealander on Friday before starting the classification matches.