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Victory at last

The South African men’s hockey side at last earned the right to smile with their first victory at the Hero Honda World Cup in New Delhi, India on Saturday when they beat Pakistan 4-3.

South South Africa and Pakistan have been eliminated from the knockout round after only winning one of its first four matches. South Africa had lost to Spain, England and Australia earlier in the tournament.

Pakistan opened the scoring in the fifth minute through striker Rehan Butt to lead 1-0 at halftime.

But Gareth Carr equalized in the 38th minute with a penalty corner before field goals from Ian Haley, Tanie Paton and Marvin Harper gave South Africa a 4-1 lead.

Pakistan pulled back two goals in the last three minutes after penalty corners through Muhammad Imran and Waseem Ahmed.

Earlier, title favorite Australia moved closer to the semi-finals by defeating Spain 2-0.

Until Saturday, South Africa’s last World Cup victory had been against Belgium, way back in 2002.


Magnificent game to watch. Great credit to the side for bouncing back after Australia. Great character shown, and the determination and enthusiasm in the middle stanza was infectious. Need to tighten up on p-corners, though - even with 5 minutes to play and a 3-goal cushion one felt that anything could have happened, and nearly did!! I look forward to their efforts against India.