Batt steels himself for two more wins

Ryley Batt in action. Source: Australian Paralympic Committee

Ryley Batt in action. Source: Australian Paralympic Committee

THE Australian Steelers are two wins from securing back-to-back paralympic gold medals.

But Ryley Batt and the team aren’t getting carried away with their perfect start to their gold medal defence.

They’re not looking any further than the next game against Japan.

“Not at all; there’s a long way to go,” Batt said when asked if they could taste another possible gold medal.

“There’s still two cracking games to come. (The Canada game) was a close one.”

The Steelers qualified top of Group A after a heartstopping 63-62 win over Canada on Saturday morning in a game that ebbed and flowed.

Scores were locked at the end of regulation time, meaning both sides fought out another three minutes of overtime where the Australians emerged victorious.

The 27-year-old said the Australians didn’t have a preferred opponent in the semi-finals, whether it was Japan or the United States.

“There’s no real difference; it’s going to be a tougher road ahead,” he said.

The semi-final against Japan tips off at 5am on Sunday morning.

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