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Defensive lapse costs Black Sticks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/02/2017
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A third-quarter defensive lapse cost the Black Sticks dearly as they slumped to a 2-0 loss in the fifth women's hockey Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

After a scoreless first half, the Kiwis looked to have negotiated the third quarter safely, but conceded two late goals in the space of a couple of minutes.

The first went to Argentinian captain and striker Carla Rebecchi, who announced her retirement from international hockey two weeks ago, with Maria Jose Granatto adding a second almost immediately.

The win gives Argentina an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the six-match series, after the fourth Test was drawn 2-2.

The Kiwis sole win came last Wednesday in game two with a 1-0 victory.

The sixth and final match is scheduled for Tuesday.

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