Stingers surge home for win over Dutch

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The Stingers are two from two in Tokyo following an impressive 15-12 win over the Netherlands in their pool match.

An upset was in the frame when Australia's women's water polo team fell behind 8-5 in the third quarter, but the Stingers clawed their way back and finished strongly to claim victory and add to their triumph over Canada on Saturday.

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Australia celebrate a goal. (Getty)

Rowie Webster, Abby Andrews and Hannah Buckling all scored hat-tricks for the Stingers, while 20-year-old Tilly Kearns – daughter of former Wallabies hooker Phil Kearns – got on the scoresheet in the last quarter.

Kearns received a beautifully weighted pass from Bronte Halligan, daughter of rugby league great Daryl Halligan, to then put the ball in the back of the net.

Veteran Bronwen Knox, who has won two bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, also produced two delicate lob shots for goals as the 35-year-old searches for gold in Tokyo.

Bronte Halligan is the daughter of league great Daryl Halligan. (Getty)

The Stingers will face their sternest test next when they face European powerhouse Spain on Friday.

They will wrap up their pool action with a clash on Sunday against South Africa, which they should comfortably win to ensure they finish in the top four of their pool and advance to the quarter-finals.

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