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Red-hot Kiwis set up gold medal clash

Red-hot Kiwis set up gold medal clash

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<p>The NZ Men will play for a gold medal after stunning India 3-2 in the semi finals on the Gold Coast</p>
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The New Zealand Men will play for a gold medal after stunning India 3-2 in the semi finals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.<br>
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The Kiwis were in sublime form and shrugged off India’s dominance over them in recent years to book a place in their first Commonwealth Games final since Manchester 2002 where they won a silver medal.<br>
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Striker Hugo Inglis put New Zealand on the board in the seventh minute when he ran the ball into the circle and smashed home from a stinging reverse shot.<br>
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The Kiwis doubled their lead five minutes later with Stephen Jenness showing his class from close range, slipping a back-stick flick through the goalkeeper’s legs.<br>
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India pulled a goal back just seconds out from halftime when they were awarded a penalty stroke, Harmanpreet Singh calmly slotting the attempt.<br>
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Marcus Child pushed the lead out to 3-1 midway through the third quarter when he scored from a penalty corner deflection which Kane Russell pitched up in the air for him to shoot from the post.<br>
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The Indians poured on huge pressure in the final quarter and clawed within just one goal when Harmanpreet slotted a penalty corner flick in the 56<sup>th</sup> minute.<br>
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But New Zealand muscled up in defence and kept their composure to shut out India and celebrate a huge victory.<br>
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Goalkeeper Richard Joyce was heaped with praise post-match for an incredible performance which saw him called on to make multiple clutch saves.<br>
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The New Zealand Men now progress to the gold medal match where they will go up against Australia at 11:15pm (NZ time) on Saturday.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith was thrilled with his side’s performance with a medal now guaranteed.<br>
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“For most of the game we had a two goal lead which is really pleasing. India put us under pressure, especially in the third quarter but I thought we handled it really well and then scored again,” he said.<br>
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“India came at us strongly but they were down by two and had nothing to lose. I’m really impressed with the way we absorbed everything they threw at us.<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 3: </strong>(Hugo Inglis 17’, Stephen Jenness 13’, Marcus Child 40’)<br>
<strong>India 2:</strong> (Harmanpreet Singh 30’, 56’)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> New Zealand 2-1<br>
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