Emphatic victory hands Black Sticks series win

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 19:45 14/03/2014

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New Zealand striker Stephen Jenness scored twice in his 100th test as the Black Sticks stormed to a 5-1 win over Japan in Tauranga tonight.

The victory gave the hosts a 2-0 series triumph after drawing Wednesday night's opening game 2-2 and scoring a 2-0 win on Thursday.

The Black Sticks tonight were dominant throughout in producing their most cohesive and impressive game of the three-game series.

Along with Jenness' double, Hugo Inglis also scored a brace while Simon Child was the other scorer for the home side.

Head coach Colin Batch said it was pleasing to finish with a series win.

"We're very pleased with the series, we learnt a lot. To continue our progression on a positive note tonight is pleasing," Batch said.

"We got a lot of opportunities going forward and I'm sure the strikers enjoyed their success up front with some great goals.

"Japan were good competition for us and we're very happy to have played them as an important part of our preparation for Champions Challenge."

It took the Black Sticks just 10 minutes to find the lead when Child scored his 100th international goal after running on to a brilliant lay-off into the circle and smashing the ball home.

Five minutes later, Inglis scored after an impressive run of play leading up to his perfectly-placed field goal.

Soon after, centurion Jenness celebrated his milestone with his first goal, scoring with a powerful shot over the goalkeeper's right shoulder as the hosts took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break.

Inglis and Jenness both added to their goal tallies in the second half while Japan managed to score a consolation goal close to fulltime through captain Koji Kayukama.

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