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Black Sticks locked in stalemate with France

Black Sticks locked in stalemate with France

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks have been held to a 3-3 draw with France in their opening clash in Johannesburg</p>
<p class=""><em>Photo: Planet Hockey</em><br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been held to a 3-3 draw with France in their opening clash at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johannesburg.<br>
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New Zealand shook off a slow start to put together some flowing hockey against the physical French, but struggled to convert more of their chances into goals.<br>
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Striker Hugo Inglis scored a double while Stephen Jenness added his side’s third in a result which sees the Black Sticks come away with one point.<br>
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Southern defender Kane Russell brought up his 100<sup>th</sup> test cap in the drawn game.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was a tough opening game at the tournament.<br>
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“We knew France were going to be a tough opponent and we expected them to come out firing, which they did,” he said.<br>
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“We couldn’t get our corners going today and we weren’t as smooth as we need to be on both sides of the ball.<br>
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“I think we were a bit tentative throughout the match so we have plenty to work on leading into our next game against Japan.”<br>
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New Zealand opened the scoring in just the third minute with Jenness slipping a deflection past the goalkeeper from a Sam Lane pass.<br>
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But France responded two minutes later when Etienne Tynevez snuck behind the Kiwi defence to beat the outstretched leg of Devon Manchester in goal.<br>
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France stunned the Black Sticks early in the second quarter with another field goal against the run of play to take a 2-1 lead.<br>
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Hugo Inglis equalised shortly before halftime after making a cutting run into the circle and shooting into goal on his reverse stick.<br>
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Inglis picked up his double in the 32<sup>nd</sup> minute, putting a deft touch on a hard crash ball into the circle from Nick Ross.<br>
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France refused to let the Kiwis stay out in front and equalised the game once again late in the third quarter through Pieter van Straaten.<br>
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The Kiwis mounted huge pressure over the final five minutes but couldn’t find a way past the French defence to snatch a win.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks are back in action against Japan in their second match at 2:00am on Wednesday morning (NZT), with live coverage on SKY Sport.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/mens-world-league-semi-final-johannesburg">CLICK HERE for more on the World League Semi Final in Johannesburg</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 3: </strong>(Hugo Inglis 2, Stephen Jenness)<br>
<strong>FRANCE 3:</strong> (Etienne Tynevez, Francois Goyet, Pieter van Straaten)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 2-2<br>
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