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Vantage Black Sticks fire to overcome Japan

Vantage Black Sticks fire to overcome Japan

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have defeated Japan 3-1 at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johannesburg</p>
<span>Photo: FIH/Getty Images<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have defeated Japan 3-1 at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johannesburg.<br>
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It was a dominant performance from the Kiwis, who once again created plenty of scoring opportunities throughout the game.<br>
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The result puts New Zealand in a good spot on the table with four points from two games so far at the tournament.<br>
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Experienced midfielder Arun Panchia said it was pleasing to put together a solid performance and bank three points.<br>
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“We needed three points today and it was good to be able to get some connections working well on the field and put some goals into the net,” he said.<br>
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“The result puts us in a great position now with a couple of days off before a really tough match against the Aussies.”<br>
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The Black Sticks were first to score in the 18<sup>th</sup> minute when Jared Panchia picked up a deflected penalty corner drag flick from Kane Russell and hit back past the keeper.<br>
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Just out from halftime Nic Woods doubled his side’s advantage, ripping a powerful flick into the side of the net from another penalty corner.<br>
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The Black Sticks opened a 3-0 buffer midway through the third quarter after Hugo Inglis found Stephen Jenness wide open at the top of the circle for a venomous forehand shot into goal.<br>
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Japan scored a consolation goal in the 59<sup>th</sup> minute when Hirotaka Zendana managed to beat the New Zealand circle defence.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks have the next few days off before a huge trans-Tasman clash against Australia at midnight this Saturday, 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>(Jared Panchia, Nic Woods, Stephen Jenness)<br>
<strong>JAPAN 1:</strong> (Hirotaka Zendana)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> New Zealand 3-1<br>
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