The three top ranked teams made statements in the fourth day of the ParaPans Wheelchair Rugby tournament at Toronto on Tuesday. All three of Brazil, Canada and USA managed big wins, to really send a message to their opponents.
The day opened with a big win for Brazil, who really went for Argentina and went to assert that they are the third best ranked team in the tournament. It was a bookend performance from Brazil as they really took it away from Argentina in the first and fourth periods.
Brazil powered out in the first period, as they managed to double up on Argentina, forcing plenty of turnovers as they went 16-8 in to the break. The second period was tighter but still Brazil were able to add to their advantage, going to the half 30-18 up.
The second half saw a bigger gap from Brazil as they pushed out to a 48-32 gap as they were controlling the match well. Alexandre Giuriato was expectedly the high scorer with a final 14 goal total for the day for his nine minutes of play.
The final period was a big one for Brazil as they powered to the win, managing a 63-37 win, which humbled Argentina. Juan Herrera was the iron man for Argentina playing well over 20 minutes and managing 14 goals, but it was the turnovers for Argentina which cost them dearly as they lost gave away 25 turnovers, compared to Brazil’s three, showing their clinical play.
The second match was an absolute clinic from the Canadians as they tore in to Chile, who put up a valiant fight, even forcing a turnover from the IWRF number two side. Despite that the match went as expected, with Canada quickly pushing out to a 20-1 lead at the end of the first period.
The second period saw Chile gain some ground on the tight Canadians, but they could not stop the Canadian juggernaut, which put on another 20 points and went to the half 40-4 up. The third period saw Canada work on their different combinations, looking more concerned with performance than points, they finished that period 54-6 in front.
The fourth period saw continued improvement from the Chileans but still it was all Canada as the game ended 67-11. The Chileans definitely saw more offense in this game, and despite giving up 36 turnovers that was not much above their average against lesser teams, giving some promising signs for the future, while all bar one player scored for Canda as they rotated their side.
The final game of the day saw the United States send one heck of a message as they tore in to the Colombia side, in a way they have not done so against other teams so far. In their most offensive and efficient performance to date in the tournament the USA hammered Colombia with only two turnovers through the game.
It was the most offensive display from the Americans of the tournament, and certainly laid down a marker, they shot out to a 17-5 lead and never looked back. The Americans were relentless making it 38-10 at the half, after their most attacking period of the tournament.
Like the Canadians, the Americans looked to spread the ball and give their substitute players a run which saw them slow down but win easily 71-25. The Americans forced 35 turnovers through the match, pushing the Colombians up against it ahead of a vital match tomorrow.