11 Mar 2016

Black Sticks win Malaysian series

6:23 am on 11 March 2016

The New Zealand men's hockey team have played out a goalless draw with Malaysia in the fourth and final test in Tauranga to take a 2-1 series win.

Wellington and New Zealand hockey goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex

Wellington and New Zealand hockey goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Head coach Colin Batch said it was a frustrating game on attack but the way his side defended was pleasing.

"It was pretty tough to find a goal out there tonight, we only got one penalty corner all game so that was a bit disappointing," Batch said.

"It was pleasing we created some chances towards the end and it would've been nice to get a late winner and finish with another win but it wasn't to be.

"This was the type of game we need to get better at - when we're defending well and not creating much we have to find ways to do more on attack and find space."

The first half which was highlighted by some impressive saves from New Zealand goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex.

Malaysia created the best chance of the half in the second quarter after earning a penalty corner, with Pontifex making a save diving low to his right.

The Black Sticks earned a lone penalty corner in the third period, but Nic Woods' drag flick was well defended.

The Black Sticks now head north to prepare for four tests against Korea from March 16-20 in Auckland.

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