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Bad day for SA in India
- Updated: March 4, 2010
South Africa made history for all the wrong reasons — a dozen of them — at the men’s hockey World Cup in New Delhi, India on Thursday.
They went down 12-0 to title favourites Australian and are now on the wrong side of the biggest victory in the history of the men’s World Cup.
It was a field day for the Australians as penalty corner specialist Luke Doerner celebrated with four goals, Jamie Dwyer three and Glenn Turner two.
Desmond Abbott, Fergus Kavanagh and Matthew Butturini were the other scorers as the Aussies led 5-0 at the break.
The previous highest victory was Pakistan’s 12-3 thrashing of New Zealand in the 1982 World Cup, coincidentally also in India, in this case Mumbai.
“I did not know it was a record, but it is not everyday that we score 12 goals in a match,” Australian coach Ric Charlesworth told AFP.┬á “This will help us in future games. I liked the way we played throughout the match. We were relentless. We attacked the opponents in a very good manner. I am also very pleased with our penalty corner conversions.”
South Africa have lost all three matches so far, scoring six goals and conceding 22. They lost 4-2 to Spain and 6-4 to England before Thursday’s encounter. “We are extremely disappointed,” said South African captain Austin Smith. ” It is difficult to pick ourselves up after such a loss because we are a young side.”