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Kookaburras hurt by late lapses
By Guy Hand
22:48 AEST Fri Jul 27 2012

If the Olympic men's hockey tournament is to go to script for the Kookaburras they'll need to avoid the late concentration lapses that marred their warm-up game against key rivals Germany.

The Germans were able to pinch a confidence-saving 2-2 draw after the world No.1 Australians led 2-0 with only six minutes remaining in London on Friday.

The Kookaburras and world No.2 Germany are favoured to meet again in the Games gold medal match in a fortnight.

Dangerous striker Christopher Zeller bagged Germany's two late goals in the shortened practice match of two 20-minute halves.

"We weren't thorough enough, and if you slip up once or twice against a quality team like Germany, they're going to make you pay," Kookaburras captain Jamie Dwyer said.

"That's what happened today. It just shows we need to concentrate for the full game."

Late fadeout aside, the Kookaburras will take plenty of positives going into their Olympic opener against South Africa on Monday.

The Kookaburras dominated the Germans throughout the abbreviated match, and had most of the chances at goal.

Kieran Govers powered home a route-one penalty corner drag flick for the Kookaburras in the first half, before striker Glenn Turner banged in from close range in the second.

"That's a sharpener for the tournament - I thought we played pretty well," Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth said.

"But you have to be more thorough with your finishing. We had eight or 10 good chances, they had two in the second half."

The Kookaburras who had been under recent injury clouds - including Dwyer, Matthew Butturini and Matthew Swann - all played well and looked sharp against quality opposition.

It means Charlesworth is unlikely to have to make any late changes to the 16-man squad he will take into the Games.

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