SA go down fighting against Argentina in opening Test clash

2013-12-12 00:00

A SPIRITED second-half display was not enough to stop the South African men’s hockey side going down 4-2 to a skilful and powerful Argentina at the Riverside House Sports Club in Durban last night.

First-half goals from Pedro Ibarra and Facundo Callioni for the visitors would make it 2-0 at the interval, and when Lucas Vila made it 3-0 just after the restart, SA seemed dead and buried.

But Craig Haley pulled one back for the hosts on 38 minutes before Taine Paton made it 3-2 just two minutes later, making things interesting.

SA clung on with some admirable defence, and goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse sent the crowd delirious when he stopped a Vila penalty flick diving low and to his right to keep SA in the match. But the contest was over with four minutes remaining when Juan Martin Lopez made it 4-2.

SA play the second of five Tests against Argentina today at Kearsney College.

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