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SA go down in seven-goal thriller
- Updated: July 8, 2011
Our South Africa Under-18 hockey squad gave the Australia Schoolboys national team quite a fright before going down 4-3 in the second Test at St Albans College in Pretoria on Thursday night.
The Aussies now lead the three-Test series 2-0 after winning the first international 3-2. The final Test kicks off at 7.30pm on Friday, also at St Albans.
SA started confidently and took the lead after 11 minutes when Amathole-Border striker Ignatius Malgraff netted a fine field goal that involved a number of team-mates.
Just like their world number one men’s team, the Aussie juniors are at their most dangerous after conceding a goal and it came as no surprise when Jadium Rees made no mistake from the penalty corner mark.
Western Province goalkeeper Bernard Greybe played a major role in keeping SA in the game and the teams turned around 1-1.
Five minutes into the second half the Aussies lost possession and Malgraff raced away before laying off a testing pass for KZN Inland striker Grant Glutz, who dived full length to steer in the most magnificent of goals (2-1).
Again though, the Aussies hit back immediately and captain Jack Elliott equalised from the penalty stroke spot (2-2). Play swung from end to end but it was the Aussies who regained the lead when James Knee fired past Greybe (3-2).
SA weren’t finished and Glutz equalised with a pulsating penalty corner drag-flick. At 3-3 it was anyone’s game, but the Aussies had the final say when a hotly-disputed penalty corner three minutes from time was converted by Rees for the 4-3 final score.