Silver lining for Steelers

Aussie Steelers have lifted their world ranking from 4 to 2 after claiming the silver medal at the 2016 Canada Cup.

The Australian Steelers have lifted their world ranking from 4 to 2 after claiming the silver medal at the 2016 Canada Cup, the final international wheelchair rugby tournament before the Rio Paralympic Games.

The Steelers defeated Sweden 63-60 in their final match early on Monday morning (AEST), to complete the seven-team round robin tournament with a 5-1 record in Vancouver.

It was the United States who took the bragging rights from Richmond Oval, emerging undefeated from their six matches in a performance headlined by their 60-56 victory over Australia on Sunday.

It proved to be a costly defeat for the Steelers, who were otherwise very impressive in posting victories over host nation Canada (54-43), Japan (63-58), Great Britain (53-47) and Switzerland (61-42) before their three goal triumph over Sweden.

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