Ranchi Rhinos hand Uttar Pradesh Wizards their first loss of the tournament

Roelant Oltmans, Coach UP Wizards, said, "The spectators in Ranchi are fantastic and this is the best crowd we have ever seen. I guess the support made all the difference today. We plan to leave behind this loss we faced in Ranchi and move on with the tournament in a positive manner.

updated: January 25, 2013 12:28 IST
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Ranchi Rhinos handed Uttar Pradesh Wizards their first defeat of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League when they got the better of the visitors 3-1 at the Astroturf Hockey stadium here on Thursday.

Strikes from skipper Moritz Fuerste (27th minute) and Nick Wilson (67th) and a penalty stroke by Ashley Jackson (69th) proved enough for the hosts to collect five points, while Luke Doerner (53rd minute) scored the consolation goal for the visitors.

Despite the two goal margin of victory, Rhinos' coach Gregg Clark would not be happy with the fact that the match was alive till the 67th minute because of their strikers suspect shooting and would be indebted to goalkeeper Francisco Cortes to keep them in the hunt till then.

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