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The Vantage Black Sticks have continued their winning run with an impressive 4-1 win over Japan at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Tauranga. The result follows on from Wednesday night’s 5-4 over Belgium to leave the hosts as the only undefeated team after two days of play in the series.

Head coach Darren Smith was pleased with the performance against a determined Japan side who battled until the final whistle.

“Japan came out of the blocks very well and showed some firepower which threw us off a little bit,” he said.

“We made it tough for ourselves early on but in the second quarter things started to change and the second half was pleasing. It’s great to put together our second win in a row against high quality teams.

“We’re looking forward to our next match against India on Saturday. They’re quick, skilful and have a great corner so it will be a good challenge for us.”

Teams have a rest day tomorrow before getting back in action on Saturday with the Vantage Black Sticks facing off against India at 12:15pm and Belgium taking on Japan at 2:00pm. Both tests will be streamed live and then available on demand through the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page (


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