Chris Bond of Australia charges up the centre of the pitch during the Mixed - Pool Phase Group A, Wheelchair Rugby Match Australia vs Britain at the Carioca Arena 1 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 September 2016.
Chris Bond of Australia charges up the centre of the pitch during the Mixed - Pool Phase Group A, Wheelchair Rugby Match Australia vs Britain at the Carioca Arena 1 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 September 2016. EPA - BOB MARTIN

Aussie Steelers will fight USA for wheelchair rugby medal

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY: The Steelers will have to be at their murderous best when they play the United State of America in the Paralympics gold medal match at 1.30am Monday morning (Australian time).

The Australian team were at their brutal best in their 63-57 win against Japan in their wheelchair rugby semi-final.

Known colloquially as murder-ball because of the toughness of the game, the Steelers showed they are up for defending their London Paralympics gold.

Queensland's Chris Bond was impressive in the win against the Japanese.

"Right now, I'm feeling pretty exhausted," he said.

"All our games have been ultra-competitive."

Bond said they would go back, recover and come out firing in the gold medal game.

"It's been a while since we've played them in a major competition," he said.

"We will play our heart out and hopefully we get the gold."

Bond said the team would just play their style of rugby, which was fast and physical, and hopefully the result would go their way.


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