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New Zealand Men hit Canada for six

New Zealand Men hit Canada for six

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<p>The NZ Men have muscled their way past Canada with a 6-2 result in their opening match on the Gold Coast</p>
<p class="">The New Zealand Men have muscled their way past Canada with a 6-2 result in their opening match at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.<br>
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The Kiwis held a 1-0 halftime lead after a tightly fought opening period before the floodgates opened with a wave of black after the break.<br>
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Kane Russell got his side off the mark in the 28<sup>th</sup> minute when he flicked a penalty corner variation into the back of the net.<br>
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Less than a minute into the third quarter Nic Woods doubled New Zealand’s lead with a powerful drag flick of his own beating all defenders on its way into the goal.<br>
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With Canada pushing desperately to muster a comeback, the Kiwis were off running in the other direction and made it 3-0 in the 40<sup>th</sup> minute when George Muir pulled off a fantastic sliding touch to score.<br>
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New Zealand added two more in the following two minutes with Dane Lett flicking in a penalty corner before Stephen Jenness delivered a punishing goal shot from the top of the circle.<br>
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Canada pulled two goals back through James Kirkpatrick and Gordon Johnston but it was the Kiwis’ day with a 60<sup>th</sup> minute Hugo Inglis field goal icing the result.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was pleasing to put together a strong performance against a high quality Canada side.<br>
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“Canada would have been lining that game up and they’re a tough team so to be able to do a good job, particularly in the middle of the game was a really good result for us,” he said.<br>
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“I was really happy with how we accumulated through the second and third quarters and we played some good hockey, we also left a few opportunities on the park through some solid attacking play.<br>
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“We now focus on our next game against South Africa and we know they will come ready to rock, you can guarantee it. We always have tough battles against them – they’ll be quick and aggressive.”<br>
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The New Zealand Men have a recovery day tomorrow ahead of their next clash against South Africa at 6:30pm (NZ time) on Sunday, with live coverage on TVNZ Games Online (<a href="http://www.tvnz.co.nz/">www.tvnz.co.nz</a>). <br>
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<a href="https://www.gc2018.com/sport/hockey">CLICK HERE for more on hockey at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games</a><br>
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New Zealand 6:</strong> (Kane Russell, Nic Woods, George Muir, Dane Lett, Stephen Jenness, Hugo Inglis)<br>
<strong>Canada 2:</strong> (James Kirkpatrick, Gordon Johnston)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> New Zealand 1-0<br>
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