Hockey: Black Sticks thrashed by Germany

New Zealand's Simon Child. Photo / Greg Bowker.
New Zealand's Simon Child. Photo / Greg Bowker.

New Zealand have been beaten 6-1 by world No 3 Germany in their second game at the Six Nations men's hockey tournament in Valencia today.

It follows yesterday's 2-0 loss to hosts Spain in their opening match.

New Zealand's only goal came from a late penalty corner strike by Kane Russell.

Four of Germany's goals came from penalty corners and one from a penalty stroke.

Mortiz Furste scored a hat-trick, his penalty corner striking proving irresistible, while Jonas Gomoll, Tom Grambusch and Christopher Ruhr got Germany's other goals.

Black Sticks coach Colin Batch said it was a disappointing result and shows some areas of the game that still need working on.

"It's a pretty disappointing performance from us today. Our first quarter was ok but then Germany hit their strides and we couldn't stem the flow," he said.

"We needed to put more pressure on Germany but once they raced out to a four-goal lead at halftime it was very hard work from there."

World No 8 New Zealand's next game is early on Friday against fifth-ranked India. The tournament is the final leadup to the Rio Olympics in August.

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