Full Day Review of Day 4 at WWRC15
By Nathaniel Holland
Day Four- Evening Session
It will be a Canada v USA final after two fierce contests as the penultimate day of action comes to an end, writes Nathaniel Holland.
USA 57-54 Australia
USA caused the biggest upset of the week to knock out world champions Australia with a tight 57-54 victory.
The Eagles were up for it from the start and it was a matter of fine margins with double trouble Ryley Batt and Chris Bond showing quality to give USA something to think about.
Paralympic gold medallist Batt spent a lot of the first period in the penalty box and USA took full advantage of that to take the lead.
USA managed to take a two-point advantage into the first break and continued to pressure the Aussies in the second period even though star player Chuck Aoki was resting on the bench.
Eric Newby and Joe Delagrave were performing in Aoki’s absence as the world number three side stretched their lead to three which was enough to give them a half-time lead of 32-29.
With Aoki back on court, he soon secured his 11th try as they managed the clock superbly to take full advantage of Bond’s turn in the box following some foul play.
Australia started to lose their grip of the game and USA capitalised and they took a five-point lead into the business end of the game.
The lead was stretched to six in the final moments and Australia could feel a place in the final slowly falling from their grip.
Batt hit over half of his nations tries but USA sailed into tomorrow night’s final.
Australia still have one game to play when they compete for third place in the penultimate game of the tournament.
Canada 60-50 Japan
Canada showed their class and why they are ranked second in the world after a comfortable 60-50 win over Japan.
Japan were in high spirits after knocking Great Britain out of the tournament just 24 hours previous but Canada were quick to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.
Both teams had spells in the lead in the first period but it was the current Paralympic champions who took a slender two-point lead into the break.
With the scores tight, Tomoaki Imai fumbled the ball in a perfect try opportunity as Canada managed to overturn possession.
Zak Madell scored five tries in the first period of play as he continued to show why he is one of the worlds best.
The lead opened up more for Canada and they managed to stretch the lead to four going into the half time interval.
Madell took his try tally to 22 in the third quarter as he was a dominating influence on the score for the entire game.
Japan knew that the odds were stacking against them when they were 11 points down with one quarter left to play.
Canada did enough to set up a rematch with USA, who they narrowly beat by one point in the opening game of the BT WWRC on Monday evening.
Day Four - Day Session Report
As the competition draws to a close on the penultimate day of games, Great Britain and France set up a rematch in the 5th/6th play-off following their day four victories.
This left todays early losers, South Africa and New Zealand to compete for the bottom two places tomorrow.
Great Britain 71-22 South Africa
Ten different try scorers piled misery on South Africa to book Great Britain’s place in the 5th place play-off tomorrow.
The host’s recovered quickly from their day three defeat to Japan to see off South Africa, who are yet to pick up a victory this week.
Paul Shaw used this game to give some of his squad players some court time with the likes of Jamie Stead, Paul McDerby and Mandip Sehmi not featuring at all in the last two games.
It was Stead who starred in the first quarter scoring seven tries to give GB a 16 point lead after eight minutes.
Alan Ash was also influential in the opening game of the day with his superb range of passing causing all sorts of problems for the Wheel Boks.
Coral Batey and Sehmi came on for the second period with the latter getting on the score sheet moments later.
GB were able to extend their lead heading into half time with a 35-11 score as they just looked too strong for South Africa.
Paul McDerby was also given some valuable court time and he quietly went about his business and soon racked up 10 tries by the time the final quarter came along.
Batey became the tenth try scorer when she rolled over the line in the final quarter to increase Great Britain’s advantage.
Ash scored his fifth try of the game in the closing moments as his GB side beat Australia’s record of most points scored in a game this week, winning the game 71-22.
New Zealand 47–50 France
France set up a rematch with Great Britain when they dramatically saw off New Zealand to pick up their first win of the week.
Oliver Cusin’s team had a torrid time in the pool stages, losing all three games, however they made amends with a 50-47 victory.
New Zealand had taken an early lead and gained a competitive edge through Paralympic gold medallist Sholto Taylor who scored four tries early on.
Maia Amai was on fine form again as she is really proving her worth in this tournament.
France took a one-point lead into the second quarter and that close score was a constant theme throughout.
Both sides were evenly matched in the second period and France maintained their one point advantage as the first half drew to a close.
The second half was tense as New Zealand rallied to regain the advantage that France had worked so hard to keep.
France, who have only named eight players in their squad this week rotated well and the combination of Ryadh Sallem and Jonathan Hivernat was dangerous in attack.
They managed to stretch their lead in the final minutes of the last quarter as New Zealand started to make mistakes and victory sets up a re-match from Monday evening’s game with Great Britain.
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