Rugby World Cup: Australia Through To Wheelchair Rugby Finals
Paralympic Games champions Australia will meet familiar foes United States in the final of the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Tokyo after a desperately-tight semi-final win over hosts Japan.
The Steelers held on for a 57-56 victory before a raucous crowd on Saturday night, claiming sweet revenge after they lost by one goal to Japan in last year's world championship final.
The Americans advanced with a similarly nail-biting 49-48 semi-final win against Great Britain.
The WWRC features the top eight teams in the world and serves as the test event for next year's Tokyo Paralympics, where the Steelers will seek a record-extending third-straight gold medal.
The contest between Australia and Japan, ranked the world's two best sides, came down to the dying seconds when Steelers captain Ryley Batt was forced to throw a long, high-risk pass with the Japanese defence swarming.
Queenslander Mick Ozanne came up with the decisive play, making the catch under extreme pressure to secure the ball and ensure his team held on.
"I've been stripped a few times before and we've had some hard overtime games against Japan in the past so I'm just glad I caught the ball and held onto it," Ozanne said.
"It was relief. It was just pure relief, and then I had to switch on again and make sure we won the game and that Japan didn't score a long-range goal right at the end."
The gold medal game on Sunday at 6 pm AEDT will be broadcast live on Japanese TV channel NHK.