USA beats NZ in the Wheelchair Rugby Championships 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
The final score was 34-30 at Christchurch, New Zealand's Westpac Stadium. The Americans had led by one point following the first quarter, 9-8, and went into half time with the US leading 16-15, but the lead spaced further apart going into the final quarter, 25-23.
US and New Zealand, the Athens 2004 paralympic champions, had played each other previously in the tournament with US coming out winner 42-34.
Grant Sharman, New Zealand Wheel Blacks coach, said: "The Wheel Blacks did not quite have their 'A game' in the final today and the Americans played extremely well."
US played a near-faultless game of wheelchair rugby, which won them the match.
The defending champions, Canada, finished third place overall by defeating Great Britain 23-19.
The final standings were:
- New Zealand
- Great Britain
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