(Odense, Denmark) – After a tough loss to Australia, Canada will face off against their long-time rivals, the USA, in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships tomorrow. Canada lost 61-68 against the dominant Australian squad, which contains the heavy-hitting duo of Ryley Batt and Chris Bond.
“I thought that we played some amazing rugby today, but that combination of Ryley Batt and Chris Bond is so deadly that if we want to beat them, we simply can’t afford any lapses,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “Unfortunately, we had a few lapses today and they cost us.”
The rivalry between Canada and the USA, which was most famously caught on tape in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball,” is legendary in the wheelchair rugby community. Canada is the only team to have beaten the dominant American squad at a major international competition. In 2002, Canada upset the USA by just one point to win gold at the 2002 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. At both the 2004 and 2012 Paralympics, Canada ousted America in the semi-finals.
“The Americans are a very tough squad, but we’ve shown we can beat them,” said Coach Orr. “Our team’s looking forward to the challenge. These are the games you train all year long for the privilege of playing.”
Canada will play the USA tomorrow (Saturday) at 6 am Pacific, 9 am Eastern time.
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