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Seedings complete as pool play ends at World Championship

United States score a goal against Japan
United States score a goal against Japancourtesy 2014 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Committee

With the semi-finalists already sorted, the final day of pool play at the wheelchair rugby world championship saw the seeding for the semi-finals and classification games settled.

In a tight European battle to open the day Sweden and Germany did battle, and it was the Sweden who started well hitting a six point lead, 23-17 at halftime.

But in the third Germany started coming back and closed the gap to three going in to the final quarter and pushed on from there making it 37 a piece with just under five minutes to play, with both teams failing to give up possession, making it 44 all and sending the game to overtime.

The first period of overtime saw that remain the same, as neither side gave up a turnover with it still 48-48, sending it to a second period but that saw Sweden push out, to make it a 54-50 win.

In the second game, USA took on Japan, the Asian side started well before the world number one pushed out to a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The United States continued to show why they are so heavily favored as they completely dominated Japan going to a 35-24 lead and it just kept going from there as the United States took the top seed.

In Pool A, Australia and Canada fought for the top spot as they played a replay of the Canada Cup Final, and Australia got a fast start, shooting out to a 5-1 lead.

Canada cut down from that early shock, cutting down their gap to two, 17-15 at the end of the quarter, before Australia kept working, making it 45-42 at the end of the third and Australia built their lead out to six before clinching a 68-61 win to top the pool.

Finland and Denmark fought out a battle in Pool A with Finland desperately needing a win to try and avoid last position in Pool A and kept it tight, 14-14 at the end of the first.

But yet again Denmark’s home crowd spurred them on and Denmark grabbed the lead, and then never looked back, with Sebastian Frederiksen starring in the 57-48 win, sending Denmark to the 5th place playoffs.

Needing a win to wrap up third in the pool, Great Britain took on Belgium and started well shooting out to a 14-10 first quarter lead, sitting pretty with a four goal lead they seemed comfortable, and only saw that gap close by one at half-time.

Belgium were fighting hard but that deficit was proving just too much to overcome as Britain held it through the third before settling for a 45-43 win.

New Zealand managed to get a second win of the tournament, thus bettering their 2010 performance regardless of the classification as they beat Germany 48-33.

Sweden and France fought out a tough one in Pool B with an entertaining game, the European Champions getting a slim 14-13 lead after the first quarter.

From there Sweden kicked on, upping the lead by one each quarter, getting it out to 38-35 after three quarters before France fought back, and leveled the scores at 48 with two minutes to play.

The final two minutes was a stunning comeback, as France kept on keeping on and they sealed a memorable 51-50 win to leapfrog Sweden in the seedings.

As a result of the two top matches of the pools USA will play Canada and Australia will play Japan for a place in the World Championship final.