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Vantage Black Sticks edged by India

Vantage Black Sticks edged by India

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks have suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to India at the University of Waikato Four Nations</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Men have suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to India on opening day at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Hamilton.<br>
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With the game locked up 1-1 at halftime, runners up from the Tauranga leg of the series India took advantage with two quick goals in the third quarter which ultimately proved the difference.<br>
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Striker Hugo Inglis celebrated a fantastic milestone with his 200<sup>th</sup> international appearance for New Zealand at just 26 years old.<br>
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Man of the moment Inglis said it was nice to bring up his 200<sup>th</sup> in front of a home crowd but bittersweet given the result.<br>
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“It’s a nice achievement personally but disappointing that we weren’t able to come away with the result tonight,” he said.<br>
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“They’re a tough side with great skills and dangerous on the counter attack so we need to find a way to not allow them to be so clinical.<br>
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“We’re looking forward to getting stuck in against Japan and are looking forward to the challenge.”<br>
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India struck first in the seventh minute when Lalit Upadhyay found the ball at his feet in the circle and slipped one past goalkeeper Devon Manchester.<br>
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The Kiwis equalised midway through the second quarter with Daniel Harris sweeping a deflection into goal following the initial shot from Inglis.<br>
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India surged ahead early in the second half with two quick-fire penalty corner goals from Harjeet Singh and Rupinder Singh.<br>
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The Black Sticks were still well in the contest when they pulled the visitors’ lead back within one goal in the 37<sup>th</sup> minute through a strong Kane Russell penalty corner drag flick.<br>
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Despite pouring on the pressure in the final 20 minutes, New Zealand weren’t able to find a way through the Indian defence for the levelling blow.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks go up against Japan at 7:30pm tomorrow night, following the Belgium vs India match at 5:45pm.<br>
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Both tests will be streamed live and then available on demand through the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/nzblacksticks/">facebook.com/nzblacksticks</a>). <br>
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Tickets are still available online through <a href="http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/">www.dashtickets.co.nz</a> or at the gate.<br>
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<a href="http://blacksticks.co.nz/News/university-of-waikato-mens-four-nations">CLICK HERE for more on the University of Waikato Four Nations</a><br>
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DAY ONE RESULTS – GALLAGHER HOCKEY CENTRE, HAMILTON<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS:</strong> <strong>2 </strong>(Daniel Harris, Kane Russell)<br>
<strong>INDIA:</strong> <strong>3</strong> (Lalit Upadhyay, Harjeet Singh, Rupinder Singh)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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BELGIUM:</strong> <strong>3 </strong>(Loick Luypaert, Tom Boon, Tanguy Cosyns)<strong> <br>
JAPAN:</strong> <strong>2 </strong>(Koji Yamasaki, Tsubasa Yamamizu)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Belgium 3-1<br>
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