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.