Ram­pant Ger­many ham­mer Black Sticks

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The Black Sticks men have been dealt a harsh les­son at the Six Na­tions tour­na­ment in Spain af­ter suf­fer­ing a 6-1 thump­ing to Ger­many.

The Ki­wis strug­gled against the world No 3 side from the out­set be­fore Kane Rus­sell grabbed a con­so­la­tion goal one minute from time with a penalty corner drag flick.

The Ger­mans ex­celled from set­piece, scor­ing four goals from penalty Ger­many 6 (Mor­tiz Furste 3, Jonas Gro­moll, Tom Gram­busch, Christo­pher Ruhr) NZ 1 (Kane Rus­sell). HT: 4-0. cor­ners as Mor­tiz Furste led the way with a hat-trick. ‘‘It’s a pretty dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance from us. Our first quar­ter was OK but then Ger­many hit their strides and we couldn’t stem the flow,’’ coach Colin Batch 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.’’

Ger­many opened the scor­ing in the eighth minute when Furste sent a penalty corner flick past Devon Manch­ester in goal for New Zealand.

He dou­bled the lead with a re­play of the first goal five min­utes later be­fore the Ger­mans were awarded a penalty stroke for a judged push in the circle, Jonas Go­moll con­vert­ing to open a three goal lead. Furste scored his hat­trick mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter from his third suc­cess­ful penalty corner of the match.

The one-way traf­fic continued af­ter half­time as the Ger­mans raced out to a 6-0 lead un­til the Black Sticks sal­vaged some pride through Rus­sell’s late strike.

Batch will be look­ing for a big re­sponse when they play In­dia to­mor­row (4am NZ time), be­fore games against Ire­land on Satur­day and Ar­gentina on Mon­day.

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