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In what was an ominous moment for the South African men’s hockey team, India’s Australian head coach Michael Nobbs made three substitutions in the last couple of minutes of the second Test match in Delhi this week and the outcome was that one of the subs, ace penalty corner drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, stepped up to nail the winner in the dying seconds for the home team’s 2-1 victory.

SA men’s head coach Gregg Clark ascribed his team’s 4-0 first Test loss on Sunday to a lack of time spent training together heading into the series, which is always a problem for the cash-strapped national men’s team, who do not have a major sponsor. India, meanwhile, had been in camp for three weeks.

After losing the first test 4-0 on Sunday Clark had promised a far better performance in the second Test, and so it proved, although it must be said that the first Test scoreline was misleading in that the SA strikers left their scoring boots at home.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Indian reports said South Africa deserved a win, having outplayed India for much of the game.

However, once again it was the SA forwards who were not on par. “We created a lot of chances, but just couldn’t score. I am very disappointed with the result, as I feel our performance improved by 80%,” Clark said afterwards.

The third Test plays out Thursday when the SA men meet India in Delhi while our women’s side tackle Spain in Randburg after going down 3-2 on Tuesday.

RESULTS AND FIXTURES

ÔÇ¿SA women vs Spain at Randburg

Sunday, 15 January 1st Test: SA 1 (Lauren Penny) Spain 1 (Olalla Pineiro)

Tuesday, 17 January 2nd Test: SA 2 (Pietie Coetzee, Dirkie Chamberlain) Spain 3 (Barbara Malda, Gloria Comerma, Rocio Ybarra).

Thursday, 19 January 3rd Test ÔÇ¿Saturday, 21 January 4th Test

Sunday, 22 January 5th Test
ÔÇ¿India vs SA at Delhi (men)ÔÇ¿

Sunday, 15 January First Test: India 4 (Shivendra Singh, Birendra Lakra, Sardara Singh, SK Uthappa) SA 0

Tuesday, 17 January Second Test: India 2 (Chingelnsana Singh, Sandeep Singh) SA 1 (Lance Louw)

Thursday, 19 January Third Test

Friday, 20 January Fourth Test

Sunday, 22 January Fifth Test


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