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Canada suffers tight losses to Japan, Great Britain in wheelchair rugby Canada Cup | CBC Sports

The Canadian wheelchair rugby team lost 44-42 to Japan and 52-51 on Saturday at the Richmond Oval, in Richmond, B.C., dropping to 1-4 at the Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup.

The first hard-fought contest saw the sides tied at 20 at halftime. Defending champion Japan had a 31-30 lead after the third quarter.

The reigning Paralympic gold medallists Great Britain match-up was levelled both at the break (25-25) and at the start of the final frame (38-38).

Fifth-ranked Canada beat world champions Australia 58-54 to start the tournament in style, but proceeded to lose 53-51 to the top-ranked U.S., and 53-46 to European champions France.

Sunday’s championship games are set for 1 p.m. ET (5th place vs 6th place), 4 p.m. ET (bronze-medal game) and 7 p.m ET (final).

All events will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, and on the free CBC Sports and CBC Gem apps.

WATCH | Replay of Canada’s loss to Japan: 

IPC Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup: Japan vs. Canada

Watch Canada face Japan in the preliminary round at the IPC Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup at the Richmond Oval, in Richmond, B.C.

WATCH | Replay of Canada’s defeat to Great Britain: 

IPC Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup: Canada vs. Great Britain

Watch Canada face Great Britain in the preliminary round at the IPC Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup at the Richmond Oval in Richmond, B.C.

Canada roster:

  • Anthony Létourneau, (Boisbriand, Que.)
  • Byron Green (Victoria)
  • Cody Caldwell (Peterborough, Ont)
  • Eric Furtado-Rodrigues (Mississauga, Ont.)
  • Joel Ewert (Prince George, B.C.)
  • Matt Debly (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Mike Whitehead (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Patrice Dagenais (Embrun, Ont.)
  • Rio Kanda Kovac (Toronto)
  • Travis Murao (Toronto)
  • Trevor Hirschfield (Parksville, B.C.)
  • Zak Madell (Okotoks, Alta.)