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Belgium strike late to beat Black Sticks

Belgium strike late to beat Black Sticks

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<p>Hosts Belgium have taken a 3-2 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Men in the first of two test matches</p>
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A penalty corner two minutes from fulltime has seen hosts Belgium take a 3-2 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Men in the first of two test matches.<br>
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Belgium ran out to a two goal advantage following field goals from Victor Wegnez in the ninth minute and Cedric Charlier midway through the third quarter.<br>
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The Black Sticks played a much stronger second half and clawed one back in the 45<sup>th</sup> minute when Sam Lane struck off a counter attack.<br>
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New Zealand equalised five minutes later from another counter with Stephen Jenness finding the back of the net.<br>
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With the game heading towards a draw, the hosts snatched a victory thanks to a pin-point penalty corner flick from Tom Boon in the 58<sup>th</sup> minute.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said despite the loss it was a solid performance from his side against Belgium, who are ranked fifth in the world.<br>
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“It was a decent performance from us today I thought, given we only arrived in Belgium two days ago,” Smith said.<br>
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“Belgium are a classy side – they were able to hold a fair amount of possession and caused us some problems on both sides of the ball.<br>
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“I was pleased that we were able to respond after going down by two, and we certainly strung together some good hockey in patches.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks play Belgium again at 6:00am on Thursday morning (NZT) before heading to South Africa ahead of the World League Semi Final which starts on 8<sup>th</sup> July in Johannesburg.<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 2:</strong> (Sam Lane, Stephen Jenness)<br>
<strong>BELGIUM 3:</strong> (Victor Wegnez, Cedric Charlier, Tom Boon)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Belgium 1-0<br>
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