Black Sticks draw 3-3 with Argentina

Last updated 15:12 01/03/2013

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New Zealand and Argentina will play a series decider tomorrow after drawing the fourth women's hockey test 3-3 in Rosario.

The youthful women's Black Sticks trailed 3-2 after an end-to-end first half but they tightened up defensively in the second half and found an equaliser through Gemma Flynn against an Argentina side strengthened by the return of star player Luciana Aymar.

It was the second draw of the series and with each team having claimed a 4-1 win, the series will be decided in the fifth and final test tomorrow morning (10.30am NZT).

"First half was poor, lacked structure and didn't have flow," New Zealand coach Mark Hager said.

"A lot of our basic skills weren't good in the first half, I think it was a lucky half time score. However, second half was pretty solid.

"We really controlled the game, got our structure on attack and defence back. Very much a game of two halves." 

The Olympic silver medallists and world No 2-ranked hosts scored three times in the first half, through Noel Barrionuevo, Martina Cavallero and Carla Rebecchi, with Anita Punt and Katie Glynn able to answer them.

Flynn grabbed New Zealand's third goal and the Kiwis almost pinched the match on fulltime from a penalty corner but they were thwarted by the home keeper.

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