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Black Sticks blitz India in women's opener

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/05/2017

New Zealand shared the goals around in a 4-1 trouncing of India to open their five-Test women's home series.

The world No.8 Black Sticks controlled proceedings from the outset in Pukekohe, deny possession to the sixth-ranked visitors, whose lone goal came to Anupa Barla after trailing 2-0 at halftime.

New Zealand coach Sean Dancer describes his team's performance as accomplished and he hopes it sets the tone for the series.

"I thought it was a really competitive game, especially early on but we really stepped it up and took control in many aspects," he said.

"We did well up front and that was shown by the number and quality of goals we scored. There were some great scoring instincts in the attacking circle and that was a real credit to the girls."

Jordan Grant opened the scoring in the 13th minute after getting the final touch on a cracking shot from Olivia Merry.

The lead was doubled midway through the second quarter when Rachel McCann fired a perfect pass to Merry who slotted home through the goalkeeper's legs.

It was McCann's turn to score, from a diving reflection in the third quarter, before Deanna Ritchie sealed the outcome five minutes from time with a well-executed lob.

The second Test is in Pukekohe on Tuesday.

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