Wheel Blacks suffer big first game loss

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The Wheel Blacks’ have suffered a big first game loss to the United States at the Paralympics.

The Americans, who are three time Olympic winners, were too strong for New Zealand, eventually winning 63-35.

It was the Wheel Blacks first Paralympics outing since 2008 ion Beijing were they finished fifth.

All of New Zealand’s eight-players are making their Paralympic debuts in a sport where chair-on-chair collisions are common. In contrast only 3 of the American side were making their debuts.

Barney Koneferenisi was the Wheel Blacks best player. He was the games top scorer with 23 tries.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 25: Charles Melton # 2 and Jousha Wheeler # 10 of Team United States fight for the ball against Tainafi Lefono #15 of Team New Zealand during their Group B wheelchair rugby match on day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Yoyogi National Stadium on August 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 25: The Wheel Blacks sing the national anthem led by Captain, Cody Everson prior to the Group B Wheelchair Rugby match between Team New Zealand, also know as the Wheel Blacks and Team United States on day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Yoyogi National Stadium on August 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for New Zealand Paralympic Committee)
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jeef
jeef
10 months ago

NZL should have won they were just warming up

Rathnika
Rathnika
10 months ago

This is very interesting, I have never heard of the wheel Blacks before. so this is a first for me.

K.L
K.L
10 months ago

My Review

I enjoyed reading about this news article as it tells people about the big game loss by the Wheel Blacks

Person
Person
10 months ago

It is sad that they lost but I stil cheer for them

Eden
Eden
10 months ago

I think this article is quite sad because the Wheel Blacks suffered their fist loss against the US in Tokyo. The score was 63/35.I hope the Wheel Black’s enjoyed the game and will beat the next team.

Kendra
Kendra
10 months ago

My Review
I think this new report was very interesting and enjoyed reading it, but I didn’t enjoy the fact that the Wheel Blacks lost. But still this news report was a pleasure to read. – KE

Evalyn
Evalyn
10 months ago

I found this article very interesting and loved reading about different sports and winnings, as that is not something I normally include in my regular daily basis. Very exciting to see who had won. -E

Cameron
Cameron
10 months ago

I think the wheel blacks did a good job

Last edited 10 months ago by Cameron
J O H N
J O H N
10 months ago

What a disappointing loss and start to the Olympic season.

banana12
banana12
10 months ago

I love Rugby

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