The New Zealand's men's hockey team are taking plenty of confidence out of the recent Azlan Shah Cup as they continue to build towards the Rio Olympics.

The men's Black Sticks finished third at the tournament after a penalty shootout with hosts Malaysia.

Coach Colin Batch says the shootout has given them much needed practise, should similar situations come up at the Olympics, particularly in knockout games.

He said they got experience playing in high temperatures as well.

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The team will have two weeks off before beginning preparation for a European series in the Netherlands.