Japan wins 2015 Para Wheelchair Rugby Games
From May 21-23, the Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby Games were held at the Chiba Port Arena in Chiba, Japan.
National teams from Great Britain, Denmark, New Zealand and Japan participated in the 3-day tournament, which provided a great competition opportunity ahead of the IWRF Zonal Championships to be held later this year.
The first day of pool play saw Japan and GB go undefeated (2-0), while Denmark and the Kiwis lost both of their games.
Morning games on day two finished up pool play, which setup the semi-finals to be held later that afternoon. Japan demonstrated their speed and defensive skills early against the young British team, taking them to a 7 point victory, 56-49. Denmark claimed their first win of the weekend over New Zealand, 50-43.
The semi-finals saw Japan down zonal rival New Zealand, 51-41, followed by Great Britain beating the Danes, 48-41.
On Sunday, New Zealand faced Denmark for Bronze in what was a close fought battle throughout. The number #8 ranked Kiwis had a 3 point lead over #6 ranked Denmark with less than 3 minutes to go, when turnovers and a penalty got them into trouble. Denmark capitalized on the situation and went on to win the game in the closing minute, 48-47.
In the championship match Japan dominated Great Britain for Gold, winning 57-43. With exception of Denmark, these teams will meet next at the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge being held in London this October.
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Full Game Results
Day 1 - May 21, 2015Day 2 - May 22, 2015
Game 1: JPN vs. NZL 56-43
Game 2: GBR vs. DEN 49-45
Game 3: DEN vs. JPN 36-55
Game 4: NZL vs. GBR 37-50
Game 5: JPN 56 – GBR 49
Game 6: DEN 50 – NZL 43
Game 7: Semifinal - JPN 51 – NZL 41
Game 8: Semifinal - GBR 48 – DEN 41
Day3 - May 23, 2015
Bronze Medal Game: DEN vs. NZL 48-47
Gold Medal Game: JPN vs. GBR 57-43
Japan (4-0) - First Place
Great Britain (2-2) - Second Place
Denmark (2-2) - Third Place
New Zealand (0-4) - Fourth Place