The United States could claim their fifth World Wheelchair Rugby Championship title ©Lars Møller/Parasport Denmark

The United States stormed past reigning champions Japan to reach the final of the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship, where they are due to meet Australia, who broke the hearts of the Danish in Vejle.

Throughout the semi-final encounter, the Americans showed exactly why they posed such a threat at the beginning of the tournament as they capitalised on their scoring prowess and produced match-altering defensive moments.

Japan, who had enjoyed a relatively seamless tournament so far, found out the strength of the Paralympic silver medallists in the first quarter at the DGI Huset Sports Complex.

America created a 13-10 lead, which proved to be key as the number one team in the world struggled to make gains early in the second quarter.

In fact, the Americans were ruthless and preyed upon the chances they received to expand their lead.

There was a moment of possible hope for Japan in the dying seconds prior to half time where they managed the shot clock to limit the US' opportunity to score another before the buzzer.

The United States were clinical to defeat Japan ©Lars Møller/Parasport Denmark
The United States were clinical to defeat Japan ©Lars Møller/Parasport Denmark

Instead, just as they went to score, a 40 second violation was called and they had to settle for a daunting 29-23 deficit.

The Americans offered little path back to Japan, cruising to a 57-52 triumph.

Victory over Japan means the US have a shot at claiming a fifth title, with the nation already holding the record for the number of titles at the competition.

They have not reached the final since 2010, where they coincidentally met and beat Australia.

At the beginning of today's semi-final contests, the Danes were dreaming of challenging in a home final.

The bouncing crowd placed their full might behind the hosts and they were equal to the intensity in their semi-final with Australia.

Denmark, who upset France yesterday, were looking for another shock and applied the necessary intensity to be level 28-28 at the break.

Australia created a slither of daylight to put Denmark at arm's length, but the hosts refused to give up.

However, their hopes faded as Ryley Batt effectively game managed the final two minutes to ensure Australia came away with a 56-55 win.

This will be the fourth consecutive final Australia will compete in, with the nation holding ambitions of repeating their 2014 title-clinching campaign which was hosted in the Danish city Odense.

Australia last won the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship in 2014.

Both the gold and bronze medal matches are scheduled to be played tomorrow.