SA men fall to Olympic champs

Rassie Pieterse (Gallo)
Rassie Pieterse (Gallo)
Amsterdam - The world's 12th-ranked South Africa men's hockey team were beaten 4-0 by back-to-back Olympic champions and world number two Germany after the Europeans had led 2-0 at half-time in the World Cup at Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Holland Sunday.

SA head coach Fabian Gregory was encouraged by his side's performance and praised goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse for the number of fine saves he made, while the mentor was somewhat critical of his forwards' ability not to make more of the opportunities created upfront, particularly in the first half.

German head coach and multiple gold medal winner Markus Weise was complimentary of the South Africans' performance and said he didn't feel comfortable until Germany went 3-0 up.

Germany scored through Christopher Zeller from the penalty spot in the 27th minute,a field goal on the half-time whistle by Thilo Stralkowski and second half strikes by Mats Grambusch (56th minute) and Oliver Korn in the 59th.

SA play New Zealand at 2.30pm Tuesday.

The Investec SA women's team face reigning World Cup champions Argentina at 7.45pm Sunday.
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