Hockey men miss out on gold medal match

6:31 am on 3 August 2014

The New Zealand men's hockey team has missed out on an opportunity to play for gold, after a semi-final loss to India at the Commonwealth Games.

The Black Sticks men led by two goals at halftime, but fell flat in the second half - allowing India to run away with the win 3-2.

New Zealand got off to a strong start, scoring within the first two minutes of play, but lost momentum as the game went on.

The veteran striker, Phil Burrows, says the team choked after missing a couple of big chances through too many errors.

The captain, Dean Couzins, says India defended well in the drizzly conditions and it's incredibly frustrating to slip at the semi-final mark.

New Zealand wasn't awarded any penalty corners in the second half and had limited shots at goal.

The coach, Colin Batch, says that needs correcting as the side regroups for tonight's bronze medal play-off against England.