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Black Sticks beaten in World League tune up

Black Sticks beaten in World League tune up

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated by hosts Belgium in the second of two test matches</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Planet Hockey</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of Belgium in the second of two test matches in Brussels.<br>
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New Zealand struggled to create momentum against the Rio Olympic silver medallists, who were fuelled by a double from Sebastien Dockier.<br>
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The Kiwis started well and pushed the hosts through some exciting phases of play in a goalless first quarter, but it was all Belgium from there.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was tough going against Belgium, who lifted to another level following the first test.<br>
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“Belgium really stepped it up today and the quality of their play was better than ours,” he said.<br>
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“I thought we started well and put together some good attacking hockey but as the game wore on we weren’t able to mount pressure on Belgium and their finishing was lethal.<br>
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“Defensively we needed to tackle and defend much better in the circle so we will take those learnings and make sure we improve going into World League.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks now head to South Africa for final preparation ahead of the FIH World League Semi Final which starts on 8th July in Johannesburg.<br>
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New Zealand open the tournament against France at 10:00pm on Sunday 9th July (NZT), with live coverage on SKY Sport.<br>
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Meanwhile, the Vantage Black Sticks Women go up against Italy in the quarter finals at their World League Semi Final in Brussels tonight, live on SKY Sport 4 from 11:10pm (NZT).<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 0</strong><br>
<strong>BELGIUM 5:</strong> (Sebastien Dockier 2, Thomas Briels, Amaury Keusters, Cedric Charlier)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Belgium 3-0<br>
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