Commonwealth Games: Black Sticks claim bronze

New Zealand Women's Black Sticks captain Kayla Whitelock. Photo / Getty Images
New Zealand Women's Black Sticks captain Kayla Whitelock. Photo / Getty Images

The New Zealand women's hockey team has claimed the bronze medal after beating South Africa 5-2 in the third-place playoff in Glasgow this morning.

In wet conditions, the Black Sticks took an early lead with a goal to Anita Punt.

South Africa responded through a Marsha Cox goal, but the Kiwis went into the break 2-1 after Krystal Forgesson scored late in the half.

The sodden turf made for a difficult second period.

The Black Sticks had the early running, with Gemma Flynn hitting the upright. However, it was the South Africans who were able score first, Kathleen Taylor's goal locking things up at 2-2.

But New Zealand finished strongly, knocking in three goals - two to Jordan Grant and one to Gemma Flynn - in the final stages of the game.

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