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Vantage Black Sticks sunk by Belgium

Vantage Black Sticks sunk by Belgium

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 4-0 by Belgium at the University of Waikato Four Nations</p>
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The Vantage Black Sticks Men have been defeated 4-0 by Belgium in their final round robin match at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Hamilton.<br>
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The world number three ranked Belgians were rampant in a first half which saw them score four goals inside the opening 20 minutes.<br>
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New Zealand played a much tighter second half but weren’t able to claw back the deficit in striker Stephen Jenness’ 200<sup>th</sup> test.<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks now meet Japan in a playoff for third place at 2:00pm tomorrow, while Belgium and India meet in a rematch of the final from the Tauranga leg last week at 4:00pm.<br>
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Head coach Darren Smith said it was tough clash in searing hot conditions against a world class side.<br>
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“Belgium are a class side and they took it to us in the first half. We let in a few goals we aren’t happy with and were a bit wasteful at times so have to take the result on the chin,” he said.<br>
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“We’ll do our best to recover now, there will be some sore bodies tomorrow and it’s going to be just as hot again. I think it’s good though, we often go to a big tournaments that are played in the heat so it’s good preparation to make sure we can cope in situations like this.”<br>
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Belgium made a fast start against the home side and lit up the score board in the 11<sup>th</sup> minute through a Victor Wegnez field goal.<br>
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Tom Boon stunned the Kiwis by scoring a double in the 12<sup>th</sup> minute, sending back to back penalty corner flicks into the back of the goal.<br>
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Yet another penalty corner gave Loick Luypaert the chance to strike and give his side a 4-0 halftime advantage.<br>
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The game tightened up after the break with both sides still creating solid scoring opportunities but not able to trouble the scorers.<br>
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In the day’s earlier match, India mounted a late charge to overcome Japan 4-2 and cement their place in Sunday’s final.<br>
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Both finals day matches 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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<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 THREE RESULTS – GALLAGHER HOCKEY CENTRE, HAMILTON<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS:</strong> <strong>0</strong><br>
<strong>BELGIUM:</strong> <strong>4</strong> (Tom Boon 2, Victor Wegnez, Loick Luypaert)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Belgium 4-0<br>
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INDIA:</strong> <strong>4 </strong>(Vivek Prasad, Varun Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh)<br>
<strong>JAPAN:</strong> <strong>2 </strong>(Seren Tanaka, Shota Yamada)<strong> </strong><br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> India 2-1<br>
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