Denmark win Metro Cup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

The Danish Wheelchair Rugby Team (Photo: Denmark Wheelchair Rugby)

Denmark has had a perfect preparation to the European Wheelchair Rugby Championship as they managed a perfect performance in the Metro Cup in Poland this weekend.

The win of the tournament gives Denmark a lot of momentum heading to the European Championship having beaten four European rivals. After missing Rio 2016, Denmark have been keen to avenge that missed tournament by taking out the European title.

From the very first match Denmark took charge of the tournament, as they looked to win a series of matches that would give them a measure of revenge for recent disappointments. The first match was the biggest opportunity as they took on the team who denied them a place in Rio 2016, France, beating them 50-42.

From there the evening match saw them get some more revenge as they looked to take on the team which eliminated them in the last European champions, local rivals Sweden. The Danes easily accounted for Sweden as they destroyed the Swedes 51-38.

On the Sunday Denmark managed two more wins, in the first match Denmark only just squeaked past Germany 49-43, an infuriatingly frustrating tournament for the Germans. The final match was an easy win to close the tournament as Denmark tore apart Poland 56-42 to win the title easily.

The victory vindicates American Jason Reiger who made a big move from the United States to become the coach of the Danes. It was his first tournament as a head coach at any level and Denmark must be very pleased with their choice of new coach.

There was a tie for second place as Sweden and France both managed two wins and two losses after splitting results through the weekend. Fourth place went to Germany who won the best match of the weekend against Poland 54-53, leaving Poland as the only team with four losses.


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