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Black Sticks draw with Pakistan

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/03/2017

The Black Sticks have drawn 2-2 with Pakistan in the second of their five-Test hockey series in Wellington.

New Zealand pushed two goals ahead in the Kiwi capital but couldn't hold on to victory, with Pakistan scoring two quick goals in the third quarter.

Neither side could then find a winner at the death.

Head coach Darren Smith, in his second game at the Black Sticks helm, said that his side had shown improvements on their 3-2 first-Test win on Friday.

He was pleased by his side's ability to move the ball around the field.

"The overall feeling is we made a progression, even though it didn't come with a win," Smith said.

"We'll be looking to do even better on Monday with a more complete performance."

Smith was also pleased by the showing of debutant and goalscorer Mac Wilcox.

The two sides will play their third Test in Wellington on Monday.

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