The European Wheelchair Rugby Championships are underway in Koblenz, Germany with Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, and Germany all managing wins on the opening day of competition on Tuesday.
France and Sweden played out a thrilling match in the first of the tournament, squeaky by France in an up and down match with by one point. The match was tight throughout and it was always going to be one mistake that would decide things.
France had the better of the first quarter, taking a 13-12 lead before Sweden fought back, taking advantage of three French turnovers to take a 27-25 lead. But France responded, forcing two Swedish turnovers to get back on level terms at 37 at the end of three. Sweden ended up having just enough as they managed to push past France by one point winning 48-47.
The rest of the matches were not nearly as tight as that opening match with Denmark managing to continue their good form. Denmark made like work of the Irish winning the match 57-42 to make a strong case for winning the title.
Great Britain showed why they are the defending champions as they tore apart Poland, despite the good support for Poland. Great Britain simply cruised to the win as they managed a 57-32 win to shoot to the top of the standings in the first day.
Hosts Germany kept the pressure on Great Britain as they managed a big win against Finland to complete the first day. Germany managed a 53-37 win as they cruised past Finland, setting themselves up as something of a favorite for the rest of the tournament.