04 Nov 2016

Aussies demolish Pakistan Featured

Australia were clinical in disposing Pakistan 8-1 on Friday to book a place in Sunday's final for the coveted Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC).

The Australia, who only dropped points in the 2-2 draw with hosts Malaysia on Tuesday, can now take their foot off the pedal in their final round-robin match against England on Saturday.

Pakistan, who play Japan next, are still in contention for the final with Japan and England.

"It was really a great all round performance and we responded well to whatever Pakistan three at us," said Australian coach Ben Bishop.

"There's no chance we'll take it easy in the next match. I'll keep to the same players. We ticking a lot of boxes as we progress and I want to continue that."

Australia went 3-0 up after 20 minutes with a double from Tom Craig in the fifth and 16th minute and Blake Govers' penalty corner.

Pakistan's Muhammad Atiq pulled one back from open play in the 25th minute but Craig got his hattrick in the 34th minute with another field goal. 

The Burras continued their free scoring in the second half with a penalty corner by Frazer Gerrard while Max Hendry and Ryan Proctor made in 7-1 with field goals in the 50th and 64th minute respectively. Proctor scored another in the 68th minute to cap a perfect night.

"I never expected it because we had expectations of a win despite Australia being a very strong side. Maybe some of the players were complacent after beating Malaysia on Wednesday.

"We must bounce back against Japan. They are another strong side and been improving from the first match here in Johor," said Tahir Zaman.

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