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World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee rejoined the South African women’s hockey side in Scotland this week and her impact reverberated around hockey circles as she fired in four goals to help SA beat Scotland 5-2 in Glasgow on Friday.

The world’s 12th-ranked Investec SA side beat the world No18 side Scotland 5-2 after the scores were 2-1 at half-time in an entertaining fourth Test.

The win gives South Africa a 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, with the fifth Test at 3.30pm on Saturday. The first Test was a 2-2 draw with the second international 2-1 to South Africa and the third 4-2 to the girls in green and gold.

Apart from 33-year-old Coetzee’s trio of top-class goals, which took her world record tally to an incredible 237 in 240 Test matches, the other SA goal went to Kate Woods, while Scotland scored through Ailsa Wyllie and captain Linda Clement.

SA scored three penalty corners ÔÇô Coetzee (two drag flics),┬á and Woods (slip left variation)┬á ÔÇô plus Coetzee’s pair of stunning field goals, one a reverse-stick effort after she found space from captain Marsha Marescia’s pass, and the second a phenomenal solo effort which she did all on her own, beginning with a self-pass from the touchline.

Both of Scotland’s goals came from PC deflections, the second a superb effort from Clement.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿SA forward Kath Taylor was everywhere up front, gliding past defenders in indomitable fashion; Shelley Russell’s blistering pace down the left was a constant threat, while 2011 SA Player of the Year Tarryn Bright had an industrious game in midfield.

Scotland brought back influential captain Clement and retained third Test debutant Nicki Cochrane ahead of the equally in-form number one Amy Gibson in goal.

Investec SA included Coetzee, who came into the match with 234 goals in 239 Test matches, and fellow double Olympian Woods for the first time after they had joined the team Thursday and enjoyed two lengthy training sessions with the side in the build-up to this fourth Test.

Striker Lauren Penny (shoulder injury), who is being rested, and fellow sharpshooter Jen Wilson (ankle), both watched from the touchline. Scotland were missing their four Great Britain Olympic squad members.


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