Photo Credits : Hockey Australia

Reigning Olympic champions Argentina met a typhoon on two fronts today: the first was Tokyo’s wild weather, the second the lethal Kookaburras who showed no mercy claiming a 5-2 victory in their third Pool match of the men’s hockey tournament.

In what was dubbed as the match of Pool A, the Australians notched a convincing third straight victory to stamp themselves as one of the teams to beat for Olympic gold.

The win was the 44th for the Kookaburras from 59 internationals against Argentina. It places them at the top of their Pool and with an impressive goal tally of 17 with two Pool matches to play against New Zealand and Spain.

But success came with a warning, Head Coach Colin Batch knowing his team have a target on their backs with every opponent they come up against.

“I reinforced that with the guys after the game today,” Batch said.

“Every time someone comes up against us, they are going to have a crack, that’s normal in any competition.

“It’s a big challenge for everyone and it’s a big challenge for us to keep finding a way to win.

“I think we were able to do that today. We need to keep doing that for the duration of the tournament.”

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