CAMPERDOWN wheelchair rugby star Josh Hose has helped Australia to a first-up world championships victory at Odense, Denmark.
Hose scored three goals as the Steelers defeated Great Britain 55-46 on Tuesday evening AEST, extending their lead at every break.
They were in action again last night (after deadline), taking on Belgium and Denmark. Their final pool matches are against Finland tonight and Canada tomorrow.
Australian captain Ryan Scott said the first-up win illustrated the depth in the Steelers’ ranks as they chased the Paralympics-world championships double.
“It was an awesome start from the starting four and the guys that came on after that did a good job as well,” Scott said.
“I think the best part is that in the past, we have been accused of having only one or two world class line-ups but now we have three and four.
“They are coming on and extending our leads now, they’re not just coming on and trying to hold on.”
Wheelchair rugby players have numerical classifications based on their disability, from 0.5 up to 3.5.
The team total on the floor cannot exceed eight points.
Hose is classed as a 3.0 player, the second-highest on the Steelers’ roster behind Ryley Batt and Chris Bond, both 3.5 players.