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Shaw scores four for kiwis

30 July 2002

Hayden Shaw bagged four goals as New Zealand’s men’s hockey team cruised past South Africa to book second place in Pool 3 behind Australia.

Hayden Shaw

Hayden Shaw celebrates four goals

This set them up with a qualification match against Canada on Wednesday, with the winner to face Pakistan.

South Africa were shell-shocked as New Zealand roared out of the blocks and Shaw (3, 11, 23 minutes) converted a penalty corner hat-trick before the South Africans had time to settle.

Simon Towns the New Zealand coach commenting on Hayden Shaw’s four short-corner goals said: “It’s great for us to have this terrific weapon from short corners. In the past we have lost matches we should have won because we haven’t converted our corners.

“Now we have Hayden flicking so powerfully. He has worked really hard in the gym so that instead of flicking around 15 shots before his body strength went he can get through 50.”

South Africa briefly rallied with a smart penalty corner routine of their own, finished off by Greg Nicol, on 30 minutes.

Then Simon Towns crashed in a stunning reverse-stick strike into the top left corner from just inside the area within two minutes of the restart to restore New Zealand’s three-goal advantage.

Shaw (NZL) almost got his fourth goal of the game on 49 minutes, flicking a penalty corner against the bar, but he was not to be denied a minute later after another infringement.

South Africa gained some respectability with a near-post strike by Emile Smith in the 54th minute, and although they pushed on hard in the final quarter of an hour, there was never any danger of a late comeback.

Wendwell Domingo the South African Manager said on facing England in the qualification game: “We will have to play a lot better than we did against New Zealand if we are to compete with England.

“England seem to be coming right. They had a bad patch in the middle of the week but were very good against Wales.”

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