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Russell hat-trick sees Kiwis deal to Scotland

Russell hat-trick sees Kiwis deal to Scotland

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<p>Kane Russell has scored a stunning hat-trick to power his side past Scotland 5-2 on the Gold Coast</p>
<p class="">New Zealand’s Kane Russell has scored a stunning hat-trick to power his side past Scotland 5-2 in their third pool match at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.<br>
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Russell was in fine form from set pieces, delivering three pin-point penalty corner drag flicks to help the Kiwis record their third win from three matches so far.<br>
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Strikers Jared Panchia and Hugo Inglis also added to the goal tally after both scoring well-worked field goals set up through superb team passing.<br>
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The result puts the Kiwis in a powerful position on top of Pool A with nine points and one game still to play, having scored 17 goals and conceded just four.<br>
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New Zealand could have a place in the semi finals secured later today if hosts Australia can defeat or draw against Canada in their match-up.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was great to remain undefeated and continue putting goals into the back of the net.<br>
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“We were able to put a lot of pressure on Scotland and that caused some issues for them, and we were able to capitalise well,” he said.<br>
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“It’s really good to be scoring goals. There have been times over the past 12 months where that has been a bit difficult for us but we are clicking well at the moment and doing some good work from set pieces.<br>
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“We look forward to the challenge of Australia, they are a very good side and it’s always a tough battle against them. They will be fast and aggressive so we will need to make sure we’re up to the tempo and pressure.”<br>
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The New Zealand Men face trans-Tasman rivals Australia in their final match of the pool phase at 6:30pm tomorrow (NZ time), with live coverage on TVNZ Duke.<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 5: </strong>(Kane Russell 3’, 30’, 34’, Jared Panchia 4’, Hugo Inglis 50’)<br>
<strong>Scotland 2: </strong>(Alan Forsyth 20’, 53’)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> New Zealand 3-1<br>
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