PARALYMPICS: Falling head over wheels in love with ‘Murderball’

No holds barred action: USA's Will Groulx is sent flying as Great Britain's Aaron Phipps looks on.                      Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
No holds barred action: USA's Will Groulx is sent flying as Great Britain's Aaron Phipps looks on. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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WHEELCHAIR rugby - a sport so violent that the support team includes a welder - was the hottest ticket at the Paralympic Games yesterday.

A sell-out crowd saw the opening match of the sport - known as murderball.

The British team took on the reigning champions, the United States, and the frantic action, crunching tackles, upended wheelchairs and enthusiastic audience participation produced a fantastic atmosphere in the cavernous basketball arena.

London mayor Boris Johnson was among those cheering on the home side who went down to a 56-44 defeat.

However, there was better news for the British men’s wheelchair basketball team who made it through to the semi-finals after a 75-70 victory over Turkey.

Sheffield Steelers star Terry Bywater top scored for the home team with 23 points. GB will play Canada in the last four today.