Kane Russell scores twice in Black Sticks' rout over South Africa at Commonwealth Games

Kane Russell scores twice in Black Sticks' rout over South Africa at Commonwealth Games

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Kane Russell scored the Black Sticks' first two goals as they comfortably beat South Africa 6-0 at the Commonwealth Games.

Kane Russell struck twice as the Black Sticks men maintained their unbeaten start to the Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand comfortably accounted for South Africa 6-0 on Sunday at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre to make it two wins from as many matches in Pool A.

Having toppled Canada 6-2 in their opening game on Friday, New Zealand were accurate from penalty corners, netting three goals from drag flicks in the first half alone.

Defender Russell scored the first two, getting the Black Sticks off to a perfect start after just four minutes in the first quarter. 

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He doubled their advantage late in the second quarter, burying a drag flick into the right of the net past South African goalkeeper Gowan Jones. 

Russell then had a hand in the third, less than two minutes later, getting the ball into Jared Panchia, who netted.

World No 15 South Africa had their chances in the first half with Dayaan Cassiem just firing wide with a reverse stick effort. Early in the second quarter, South Africa had their first penalty corner, but the ball was poorly trapped at the top of the circle. 

The only real blemish for New Zealand was a yellow card in the third quarter for Dom Newman, who illegally upended Gareth Heyns, which saw him spend 10 minutes off the field. 

George Muir made it five with a fine individual effort early in the final term. Muir beat his defender and broke down the right wing into the goal circle, firing the ball into the back of the net. 

The Black Sticks' goals kept flowing with Nick Ross adding a sixth to compound South Africa's misery.

Tevin Kok had South Africa's best opportunity in the dying stages, but couldn't convert into the empty net with replacement goalkeeper Devon Manchester rushing out to shut him down. 

New Zealand take on Scotland in their next pool match on Tuesday with their final group game against Australia on Wednesday likely to decide who qualifies first for the semifinals. 

AT A GLANCE:

New Zealand 6 (Kane Russell 2, Jared Panchia, Nic Woods, George Muir, Nick Ross) beat South Africa 0.

 - Stuff


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Publish date : 2018-04-08 08:16:00
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