SA men retaliate well

2014-02-25 00:00

THE South Africa men’s hockey team withstood the worst possible start to come back strongly in the second Test against Argentina in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on Sunday night (yesterday morning, SA time), but the South Americans went into half-time 2-1 up and turned that advantage into a 4-2 final scoreline.

Argentina won the first Test 6-0 on Saturday and now lead the five-Test series 2-0. The third Test is today.

In only the third minute, accurate drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat went low to SA captain and goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse’s right to open the scoring from the match’s first penalty corner.

In the 29th minute, SA equalised when Matt Guise-Brown sent a penalty stroke into the top-right corner, this after striker Pierre de Voux’s follow-up from South Africa’s third PC had caught an Argentine foot on the goalline.

In the 32nd minute, Argentina regained their lead when Ignacio Gilardi made no mistake after a hotly disputed PS had been awarded, Pieterse adamant the decision had gone the wrong way.

Argentina enjoyed a good spell after the changeover and Peillat made no error from the South Americans’ fifth PC in the 47th minute.

SA had four PCs in the match to Argentina’s seven, but battled to steer powerful drag-flicks between the goalposts.

Argentina, very quick on the counter-attack, stretched to 4-1 up in the 50th minute when Lucas Martinez’s fine strike rounded off a slick piece of play.

SA kept working hard, Taylor Dart standing out in midfield, and against the run of play Jaco Fourie fired a pass into the strike zone, to which De Voux did well to get a touch and the margin was shaved to 4-2.

SA left out Miguel da Graca and fellow striker Ignatuis Malgraff, and brought in new cap Cuan Burton-Moore of Western Province and Eastern Province’s Geowynne Gamiet after a long lay-off.

TEST MATCHES (men and women)

South Africa time

3rd Tests - Today: (midnight) Argentina vs South Africa (M); 1.40 am Argentina vs South Africa (W)

Wed, Feb 26: Rest Day

4th Tests - Thurs, Feb 27: (midnight) Argentina vs South Africa (M); 1.40 am Argentina vs South Africa (W)

5th Tests - Fri, Feb 28: (midnight) Argentina vs South Africa (M); 1.40 am Argentina vs South Africa (W).

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