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.