United States beat Australia in the final ©Twitter/wrquadnations

United States were crowned winners of the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament in Leicester.

The American squad beat Australia 54-51 in their last group match yesterday, ensuring they would meet the reigning world and Paralympic champions in today’s final.

Another closely fought match ensued at the Leicester Arena, with little separating the finals.

The teams ended the first half level at 27-27 after two evenly contested quarters.

Neither side were able to pull clear during the match, but Paralympic silver medallists America were able to edge ahead when it mattered most.

One try would prove the difference as they eventually claimed a 56-55 victory.

The bronze medal match pitted hosts Britain against Japan.

Japan saw off the home challenge as they triumphed 44-41.

The tournament was billed as an opportunity for Britain to test themselves against the world’s top teams.

It is hoped the matches will aid their preparations for the World Championships.

Australian city Sydney is due to host the World Championships from August 5 to 10.