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SA take on Spain again

Investec South Africa women’s hockey team head coach Giles Bonnet will be looking for a marked improvement when the second of the five-Test ┬áInvestec International Series against Spain gets underway at Randburg Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

Ranked 12th in the world, South Africa missed a hatful of chances against the Spaniards in the 1-1 draw on Sunday and their cause won’t be helped by the unavailability of debutant goalscorer Lauren Penny, who scored the equaliser four minutes from time.

Penny could not get leave from her job in England for Tuesday and Thursday’s second and third Tests, which both take place at 7pm, and flew back to London straight after her memorable debut match.

However, the England-based striker will be back for this Saturday and Sunday’s fourth and fifth Tests against world number 11 Spain, which both start at 2 pm at Randburg.

While Bonnet was pleased with Penny’s goal and the way she successfully negotiated her first Test match, he was not impressed with the overall performance of the team. ÔÇ£There were too many turnovers, too many mistakes and you can’t expect to win matches on that basis,ÔÇØ said the Amsterdam-based Bonnet.

The 5pm curtain-raiser sees a SA senior invitation side meet an SA junior invitation team at 5pm. Tickets at the gate cost R20.