2 Aug 2012

Black Sticks too good for India

5:30 am on 2 August 2012

The New Zealand men's hockey team have beaten India 3-1 in their second Olympic pool match.

The Black Sticks lost their first pool match to the slightly higher-ranked South Korea 0-2, but put on a more aggressive performance against India at Riverbank Arena on Wednesday.

India scored 90 seconds into the match, with Sandeep Singh converting an opportunity from a penalty corner.

But the New Zealand fans didn't have to wait long, with defender Andy Hayward scoring in the 12th minute, successfully converting a penalty corner with his trademark drag flick.

Phillip Burrows went on to convert a penalty stroke in the 23rd minute, before Nicholas Wilson scored five minutes later.

Despite India throwing everything at the New Zealanders in the second spell, some scrambling defence meant the score remained at 3-1 at fulltime.

Veteran player Ryan Archibald says the team were disappointed after losing their opening match and were determined to win against India, however coach Shane McLeod believes there is still much room for improvement.

New Zealand next play third-ranked the Netherlands on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands beat Belgium 3-1 in their pool match on Wednesday.