Two more wins for Team NZ

Two more wins for Team NZ

Two more wins for Team NZ

Having eradicated the mistakes that had held back ORACLE TEAM USA in race five, Spithill kept his rival at bay in the run up to the finish line and sealed an 11-second win which, vitally, keeps ORACLE TEAM USA firmly in the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

There were two lead changes on the upwind third leg Saturday.

At the first gate, the gap was still close, with ORACLE TEAM USA following Emirates Team New Zealand around the mark just five seconds back.

Helmsman Peter Burling and Team NZ sit on match point, within one win of lifting the America's Cup off archrivals Oracle Team off Bermuda.

Races seven and eight are scheduled for Sunday, with the contest now sure to go at least until Monday.

That's all Burling needed to put his cat ahead for good.

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Spithill has been here before.

The US victory in the second race of the day gave the team backed by billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison hope of another comeback against New Zealand.

“Youve got to take your hats off to those guys, ” Spithill said.

"We've got a pretty impressive bunch of designers in the chase [boat], tweaking it and making sure our starting package is as good as it can be", said Burling.

He said it was a great opportunity for the shore team to work on their boat.

After splitting Saturday's two races, Spithill piled on the Kiwis.

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Oracles boat clearly was faster than the opening weekend wipeout, when the Kiwis won four straight races by margins from 30 to 88 seconds.

Burling has won Olympic gold and silver medals, along with Team New Zealand crewman Blair Tuke. “I think we showed today that we are a pretty tough bunch. "We will come back tomorrow swinging and ready to fight", said the 37-year-old Australian. It is not over and arrogance and rubbing an opponent's nose in their mistakes and shortcomings is not who we are as Kiwis.

Hilary, Jack, Daniel and Chris are putting their best foot forward for the Kiwi sailors.

New Zealand are one step away from glory in the America's Cup after winning two races on Sunday and extending their lead to 6-1 in the first-to-seven final against the defending champions, the USA.

It worked. Both races featured lead changes and ORACLE TEAM USA earned its first win of the series. "Once the guys see the boat is faster, then you start building some momentum". It was penalized twice and had a costly maneuver in the first race, allowing the Kiwis to speed off to a victory of 2:04, the biggest in the match.

But Team USA have made mistakes, which Spithill acknowledged.

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Spithill was a fraction early across the line to draw a penalty that handed Burling an instant advantage.

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