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)

10 Responses

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

  2. My Review

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

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