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Defending champions New Zealand got back onto the winning trail when they defeated South Korea 3-0 at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

New Zealand, the defending champions, had lost both their opening matches, 4-3 against Pakistan and 3-2 against Malaysia and were looking for a win to secure points.

Korea on the other hand wanted to stay in touch with the table toppers as they only had three points, via a 2-1 win over India on Sunday.

But the Kiwis were deadlier in their finishing and played a tight game to walk away with all three points.

The Kiwis took only four minutes to open account as a lurking Hugo Inglis was at hand at the far post to deflect a shot by Stephen Jenness.

New Zealand doubled their advantage off their first penalty corner in the 12th minute through Cory Bennett whose low drag flicked sailed through a sea of legs past an unsighted Korean keeper Kim Jae Hyeon.

Though Korea tried, they could not get a single shot on target throughout the first half and the Kiwis trooped off with a two goal advantage.

Seven minutes into the second half New Zealand scored their third through Andy Hayward who converted a penalty corner.

Though Korea forced two penalty corners late in the match, they failed to trouble the Kiwis and the result was never in doubt.