Black Sticks heading for series whitewash

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Rachel McCann's first-half brace has set up the Black Sticks for a solid 3-0 win over India in the fourth women's hockey Test in Hamilton on Friday.

The 24-year-old midfielder opened the scoring after 15 minutes, finishing off an excellent run from Amy Robinson.

Tessa Jopp then got the last touch on a cracking Ella Gunson strike to double the scoreline early in the second quarter.

McCann slammed home her second just before half-time, finishing off a sweeping counter-attack, to give the Kiwis a 3-0 lead at the main break.

New Zealand lost momentum in the third stanza, and although they lifted in the final quarter, couldn't add to their tally despite some promising set piece chances.

Head coach for the series Sean Dancer says while there are some areas to tidy up, it was pleasing to come away with another win.

"I thought our structure was a lot better today - I was pleased with how we moved and held the ball," he said.

"India played well in defence and certainly improved in the second half, but we were still able to score some really good goals."

The fifth-ranked Black Sticks lead the five-Test series 4-0, winning the first two Tests in Pukekohe 4-1 and 8-2 then downing world No.12 India 3-2 in game three on Wednesday.

The final Test is in Hamilton on Saturday, and Dancer is expecting more improvement from his team.

"We aren't about to take our foot off the gas. Our style is to be aggressive and we will keep pushing to get better."

- NZ Newswire


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