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Kookaburras find their feet against Pakistan

Jamie Dwyer shoots in Australia’s 7 – 0 win over Pakistan. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty

The Kookaburras remain in the hunt for gold following a sensational 7-0 rout of Pakistan this morning.

The Aussies will now take on Germany in the semi-final, with the winner progressing to the gold medal playoff.

In a do or die game, the Australians came out breathing fire, scoring twice in the first six minutes.

They showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal, seemingly having learnt their lesson from their pool match against Great Britain in which they surrendered a three-goal lead to scrape a 3-3 draw.

Their superior fitness and stick work was on display as they clinically dismantled their opponents.

Chris Ciriello scored twice, while Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles, Russell Ford, Liam De Young and Glenn Turner also went past the ‘keeper.

It was a statement game from the Australians; ranked number one in the world and considered favourites for the gold, they’ve yet to play their best hockey.

Today’s result will go a long way to bolstering the confidence of the squad.

Though Pakistan is currently ranked eighth in the world, traditionally they are a fierce competitor on the international hockey circuit, and today’s game loomed as a dangerous one for the Aussies.

It was a welcome return to form for the team, who had been held to draws in their past two matches.

The win ensured them top place in their pool, and despite not being at their best, they’ve has yet to lose a game.

Speaking to media after the match, coach Ric Charlesworth said he was very pleased with the result, but not getting carried away.

“I would have been happy with a draw but it doesn’t matter now we are in the semis now and we have to play Germany so we have a task ahead of us, and we are well aware of that,” he said.

The Kookaburras will take the pitch in the early hours of Friday morning.

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