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SA into final

Despite a slight scare from China, the South African men’s hockey has now reached the final of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan, writes Mark Etheridge.

That was after Japan’s early 3-2 win against China in the last round of round robin matches.

China lead the more fancied Japanese 2-1 at half-time before eventually going down 3-2. Had China beaten Japan, South Africa would have to beat Austria in their last pool match also being played on Friday.

Now South Africa, who trailed Austria at half-time, don’t need any points from their game against Austria and will play Japan in

Sunday’s final. Now that game is a win or bust situation for South Africa. They need to win the qualifying tournament to seal their spot in Team SA for the London Olympics.