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Vantage Black Sticks seal thriller

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks put on a goal scoring clinic in their 6-2 win over Japan in Hamilton</p>
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<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks put on a goal scoring clinic in their 6-2 win over Japan at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Hamilton.<br>
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New Zealand scored twice in the first half before pouring on four more in a frenetic second half against a determined Japan side.<br>
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Stephen Jenness scored a brilliant double while Harry Miskimmin, Dane Lett, George Muir and Marcus Child also added to the card with strikes all certain to make the highlights reel.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was good to put together a solid overall performance along with some well-constructed goals.<br>
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“I thought we had control over large parts of the game tonight but Japan still tested us out and are a very capable side,” he said.<br>
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“We created some great opportunities and worked well especially through the midfield, and the pleasing part was how we were able to finish a lot of those chances.<br>
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After an evenly matched opening quarter, New Zealand struck first in stunning style with Harry Miskimmin carrying the ball into the circle before unleashing a crushing reverse stick shot into the side of the goal.<br>
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The Black Sticks doubled their advantage through a penalty corner just out from halftime when Dane Lett got the final shot past the goalkeeper.<br>
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Late in the third quarter the Kiwis opened a three goal buffer when Jared Panchia put a perfect ball into the circle for George Muir to send the ball into the roof of the net.<br>
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The final 10 minutes of play saw the game lift to an incredible tempo with Stephen Jenness scoring a quick-fire double and Marcus Child delivering a cracking upright reverse to seal the victory.<br>
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Japan managed two late goals through Koji Yamasaki and Hirotaka Wakuri to pull back some pride on the score board.<br>
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In today’s earlier clash, India snatched a late 5-4 win over Belgium in an absorbing encounter which went goal for goal throughout the match.<br>
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Teams have a rest day tomorrow before getting back to the turf on Saturday with India playing Japan at 2:15pm before the Vantage Black Sticks battle Belgium at 4:00pm.<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 TWO RESULTS – GALLAGHER HOCKEY CENTRE, HAMILTON<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS:</strong> <strong>6 </strong>(Stephen Jenness 2, Harry Miskimmin, Dane Lett, George Muir, Marcus Child)<br>
<strong>JAPAN:</strong> <strong>2</strong> (Koji Yamasaki, Hirotaka Wakuri)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> NZ 2-0<br>
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INDIA:</strong> <strong>5 </strong>(Rupinder Singh 2, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh)<br>
<strong>BELGIUM:</strong> <strong>4 </strong>(John-John Dohmen, Felix Denayer, Alexander Hendrickx, Tom Boon)<strong> </strong><br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 1-1<br>
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