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Silver medal for Team GB at Quad Nations 2020

Four Leicester Tigers helped Great Britain to a second-placed finish at the 2020 King Power Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations.

The annual competition, which took place at Leicester’s own Morningside Arena, saw LTWR players Nick Cummins, Jamie Stead, Gavin Walker and debutant Jack Smith take on the sports top ranked teams. 

Britain booked their place in the final with a superb 61-53 victory over Paralympic champions Australia in the play-off, but they were unable to produce the goods again missing out 53-42 to USA.

For the USA, they left Leicester with a 100 per cent record and Josh Wheeler was delighted with what they were able to produce on the court.
USA dominated the pool stages over Friday and Saturday to claim eight points from their four games and achieve automatic qualification for the final.

However, they were pushed all the way by Great Britain on the first day, with the Eagles edging a pulsating contest 65-64 after four periods of over-time.

Britain and Australia, who both claimed a win apiece, therefore met in Sunday morning’s play-off and the host nation delivered a memorable performance to triumph by eight tries.

The sides were locked at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter, but the home side found another gear in the second period to lead 31-27 at half-time following five turnovers.

Despite seeing their advantage cut to two, Britain dug deep to punish more Australian errors and book their place in the final.

The event marks another warm-up exhibition for Team GB as they prepare for this summer’s Paralympics in Toyko later in the year. 

LTWR are next in action as the first team play in the final weekend of Super Series Division One fixtures on March 7-8. 

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