Canada to battle France for 5th place at wheelchair rugby worlds after beating New Zealand

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Canada will play for a fifth-place end at the wheelchair rugby world championship following a dominant second-half efficiency in Saturday’s win over New Zealand.

The males’s squad led 26-25 at halftime however pulled away over the ultimate 16 minutes, scoring 17 factors in every of the third and fourth quarters for a 60-49 victory in Vejle, Denmark.

“Our line was centered on stopping the gamers with the ball and forcing them to cross,” mentioned Quebec City’s Fabien Lavoie, who scored 4 of his 5 factors within the third quarter and was awarded efficiency of the day honours. “We transitioned shortly to defence to retrieve these passes.”

Canada, ranked sixth on the planet, will face No. 5 France on Sunday at 5:30 a.m. ET. Coverage by way of expanded spotlight present will probably be accessible at 9 a.m. on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

On Aug. 28, 2021, Canada upended France 57-49 in its closing match at the Tokyo Paralympics to place fifth. At the 2018 world championship, France prevailed 52-51 in a fifth-place contest between the groups after a 51-42 win over the Canadians within the tourney opener in Sydney, Australia.

In Denmark, the Frenchmen downed the reigning Paralympic champions from Great Britain 51-48 on Saturday, a day after the host Danes beat them in Friday’s quarter-finals.

‘Big problem’

The Canadians, who have not received a world title since 2002, have been relegated to the seeding bracket following Friday’s 53-51 loss to the United States. They entered the event brimming with confidence following its win over the Brits within the Quad Nations closing final month in Wales, United Kingdom.

Against New Zealand, Zak Madell of Okotoks, Alta., paced Canada’s assault with 29 factors whereas Anthony Létourneau of Boisbriand, Que., added seven. Mike Whitehead of Windsor, Ont., and Toronto’s Travis Murao chipped in 5 factors apiece.

”The New Zealanders gave us a giant problem,” mentioned Lavoie, a five-time Paralympian. ”When my line hit the ground, I felt we would have liked to trigger some turnovers. We have been frightened it was slightly too shut and we might lose it at the top.”

In the medal spherical, Denmark faces Australia in a single semifinal later Saturday whereas defending champions and world No. 1 Japan meet the U.S.

Canada’s roster

  • Zak Madell — Okotoks, Alta.
  • Fabien Lavoie — Quebec City
  • Mike Whitehead — Windsor, Ont.
  • Matt Debly — Windsor, Ont.
  • Shayne Smith — Toronto
  • Cody Caldwell — Peterborough, Ont.
  • Anthony Létourneau — Boisbriand, Que.
  • Travis Murao — Toronto
  • Patrice Dagenais — Embrun, Ont.
  • Trevor Hirschfield — Parksville, B.C.
  • Eric Rodrigues — Mississauga, Ont.
  • Byron Green — Vancouver

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