New Zealand captain Dean Couzins is calling for his side to
channel its frustrations into an all-out assault on England
at the Champions Trophy today.
The clash with England is the Black Sticks' final game of
pool play and the result will potentially dictate who they
meet in the quarterfinals.
Sunday night's 4-2 loss to India left the Black Sticks
reeling at the bottom of pool A.
"We're frustrated and disappointed with how we played and
that's still biting more today than last night," Couzins said
"Part of that is the quality of opposition you play but you
can control that a bit by what you're doing and that's where
the frustration comes in."
With a new coach in Colin Batch, three players making their
debut, and several other new players to the squad, it could
be argued the Black Sticks are playing well against
But Couzins is not one to make excuses and is confident the
team can still find another level.
"I think the new guys have gone well. Alex [Shaw] is playing
a lot of minutes at the back and doing some really good
stuff. Devon [Manchester] debuted last night and I thought he
"All the new guys have done a really good job and they're
being well supported by the coaching staff and other players
so it's good to see."
England was beaten by India but impressed in its second
outing by hammering Olympic champion Germany 4-1.
For the first time at this year's Champions Trophy, the
tournament consists of three pool games which feed into
cross-over quarterfinal fixtures.
If a team tops pool A, it will play the bottom team in pool B
in a sudden-death clash.
"The good thing for us is we're right in the mix still and
everyone will be," Couzins said.
"It'll be about crunch games and the good thing about that is
it replicates the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Olympics
where there's often onegame at the tournament that's crucial
to progressing or not.
"It will a good learning curve for us, I think. It's all
about putting out our best performance in those crunch games
so there's everything still to play for."
There was good news for Black Sticks forward Stephen Jenness,
injured in Sunday's game. X-rays revealed he has not broken
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