Black Sticks women win again

2:46 pm on 28 July 2014

The New Zealand women's hockey team have claimed their second win at the Commonwealth Games, beating India 3-0 in Glasgow.

India along with South Africa were identified as the tough matches in the pool and coach Mark Hager is pleased to come away with another three points, placing them at the top of the table with South Africa.

In the two games the Black Sticks have played so far, the opposition has only managed two shots on goal thanks to New Zealand's staunch defence and goalkeeper Sally Rutherford's great saves.

Gemma Flynn got the scoring underway in the third minute when she popped it over goalkeeper Savita Punia who was on the ground after blocking Flynn's first attempt.

The rest of the goal-scoring action happened in the second half, firstly Anita Punt converted a penalty corner in the 32nd minute and Flynn would have got a double but her goal was disallowed after a lengthy video referral.

Immediately after play resumed, New Zealand were awarded a penalty stroke and Punt knocked it home.

Eleventh ranked South Africa are next up tomorrow, and as both teams have six points, the Black Sticks will be searching for another strong performance.

The last time the two sides faced each other was at the 2012 London Olympics when New Zealand won 4-1, a game in which captain Kayla Whitelock scored twice.